The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Monday, 14 October

Capital Ideas in the Land of the Rising Sea

The problem that rising sea levels pose has been exacerbated by the growth of urban centres for the world’s population. This was made clear by a World Health Organisation report that showed that while only 34% of people lived in cities in 1960, this had leapt to 54% in 2014.

While Japan more recently has been a victim of a massively damaging earthquake and tsunami in 2011, minds have been focusing on the creeping danger of sea levels as well. It has led to a project being launched called Next Tokyo where a new ‘mega-city’ will be built in Tokyo bay capable of dealing with the natural threats of earthquakes, typhoons and rising sea levels.

If it goes ahead the bay will be transformed by 2045 with ambitious structures that would include a mile-high skyscraper which could accommodate 55,000 people and sky ‘lobbies’ with shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, gyms, libraries, and health clinics. Sky Mile Tower would stand at 5,577ft, double the height of the world’s present tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The buildings and structures would tend to be hexagonal to cope with any extreme weather conditions and with imaginative storage and pumping facilities, especially for the huge skyscraper.

Two architectural companies have joined forces for the Next Tokyo project – Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Funding for this immense concept would come from the value of the new waterside properties around the bay – though this may be challenged by environmentalists as well as by any setbacks that Japan may face in its economic performance in the future.

Picture: If plans go ahead by 2045 the Next Tokyo project will see the bay looking like this with buildings and structures purpose built to withstand all that nature can throw at them

Article written by Robin Snow

Share



Related Articles

The Greenest Village Green in the World?

The municipality of Amsterdam has selected OVG Real Estate for the development of the plot P15 Ravel, in Zuidas, Amsterdam with a green agenda. In the spring of 2015...

 Read Full Article
Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky - Embracing The Tree In The Hendrikx Experience

A proposal to create the world’s first growing architecture, involving tree-like buildings that absorb CO2, has won the BSRIA and Designing Buildings Wiki...

 Read Full Article
Blooming Marvellous - Bloomberg HQ Is World’s Most Sustainable

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters building, which just opened in London, has been rated as the World’s Most Sustainable Office Building. The building...

 Read Full Article
EU - Sustainable Building Performance Reporting

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU- framework for sustainable buildings. It is the first tool of this kind that has...

 Read Full Article
Windows On The World?

Microsoft’s new German headquarters incorporates enormous panels to resemble gigantic windows opening onto the surrounding landscape, says Andreas Frisch. Opened...

 Read Full Article
Walking on Air - High-rise Attractions Fuel Fears

The World’s tallest moving observation tower opened to the public on August 4 - on Brighton seafront. It will be called the British Airways i360. British Airways...

 Read Full Article
Yabadabadoo - Wood You Live In a Bone Age Tower?

The cities of today are built with concrete and steel – but some Cambridge researchers think that the cities of the future need to go back to nature if they are to...

 Read Full Article
Going Underground Pays Dividends

Swedish designer ÅF has provided the technical installations in a super-sized underground parking garage which has won a prestigious Stockholm building industry...

 Read Full Article
A Horse of Course a Green Kingdom for the Horse

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has launched a first of its kind - £1 Billion green lending fund for commercial property to incentivise and support clients to reduce...

 Read Full Article
How Green for Built Environment?

A one-day seminar from CIRIA will be asking leading experts from the construction and sustainability sectors if there is enough being done to address global climate...

 Read Full Article