development begins on OMA’s clear ‘harajuku quest’ in tokyo


a brand new landmark in Harajuku by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu


OMA has damaged floor on the brand new ‘Harajuku Quest’ mall, situated in a luxurious purchasing vacation spot in Tokyo. Initially opened in 1988, the complicated has been working as a facility with trend shops, cafes, and eating places till its closure in 2021. Right now, the purchasing heart is present process a sweeping makeover that sees it as a brand new landmark for the realm. Its completion is scheduled for spring 2025.


Dealing with Omotesando, a zelkova tree-lined avenue often called one of many biggest ‘architectural showcase’ streets on this planet, the construction confirms the allure of the area. Beneficiant quantities of glazing wrap the intricate facade, which seem to shift its form relying on the attitude of the viewer. Harajuku Quest spans six flooring above floor and one under, performing as a bridge between Omotesando and Oku-Harajuku space. The higher flooring take pleasure in scenic views opening in the direction of the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and Omotesando’s zelkova timber, with spacious terraces blurring the boundaries between out and in.

Omotesando is a avenue that has established its city id with zelkova timber and huge sidewalks | all picture ©NTT City Improvement Company



join and combine completely different poles


Situated in a extremely public space that encloses Omotesando, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Gymnasium, Yoyogi Park, and Harajuku Station, the primary problem for the architects was to mix the construction into its setting, making a bridge that connects culturally completely different poles. Set on the boundary between Omotesando, which is lined with flagship shops, and Oku-Harajuku, which is dotted with distinctive avenue retailers, design architect Shohei Shigematsu of OMA launched a ‘idea of duality’, taking cues from each zones.


Omotesando is a bustling avenue that has established its city id with zelkova timber and huge sidewalks. The buildings alongside the primary avenue personal grand facades originating from the truth that many model flagship shops make their presence there. Alternatively, there’s a collection of small-scale buildings that is available in juxtaposition with the primary axis’ character. As such, the brand new constructing seeks to weave references from the enduring exterior of the bustling avenue to these of the natural cityscape of Oku-Harajuku. A passage resulting in the Oku-Harajuku space has been arrange on the premises to enhance mobility and create a gathering spot that fosters interplay between guests, structure, tradition, and nature.


In line with the architects, the brand new ‘Harajuku Quest’ will appeal to numerous tenants who search the distinctive Harajuku tradition. ‘We intention to generate a stimulating business facility the place guests can come into contact with a wide range of inventive concepts.’

construction begins on OMA's transparent 'harajuku quest' mall in tokyo
lush greenery spreads all through the ability, interacting in concord with the zelkova timber

construction begins on OMA's transparent 'harajuku quest' mall in tokyo
a shapeshifting facade that emphasizes transparency

construction begins on OMA's transparent 'harajuku quest' mall in tokyo

construction begins on OMA's transparent 'harajuku quest' mall in tokyo
the panorama design introduces a wall floor harking back to a steady stratum from the Meiji Jingu Shrine

construction begins on OMA's transparent 'harajuku quest' mall in tokyo
a passage directed to the Oku-Harajuku space will increase mobility and fosters interplay



mission information:


title: Harajuku Quest

architects: OMA

in cost architect: Shohei Shigematsu

panorama design: Tatsuya Hiraga of Panorama Plus Co., Ltd

location: Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

web site space: approx. 1,960sqm
whole ground space: approx. 7,800sqm

consumer: NTT City Improvement

christina petridou I designboom

oct 28, 2022

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