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Kohn Pedersen Fox + Leslie E. Robertson's Next Tokyo 2045 Masterplan Features a Mile-High Skyscraper

Kohn Pedersen Fox + Leslie E. Robertson's Next Tokyo 2045 Masterplan Features a Mile-High Skyscraper
Kohn Pedersen Fox + Leslie E. Robertson's Next Tokyo 2045 Masterplan Features a Mile-High Skyscraper , Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates have joined forces to propose a vision for a new city in Tokyo Bay. “Next Tokyo” imagines a mega-city that is adapted to climate change in the year 2045. Rising sea levels, seismic activity, and the threat of typhoons have drawn attention to the vulnerability of low-elevation coastal zones in the bay. This design proposes a development strategy that improves the bay’s preparedness for these natural disasters, while also creating a mile-high residential tower and a new transit-oriented district.

Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

“Next Tokyo” envisions an infrastructural network that stretches across the bay, acting as reclaimed land to buffer Tokyo's shoreline. Island clusters function as the foundations for high-density developments and accommodate a half-million residents who are seeking to leave at-risk coastal regions and reduce their commute times.

Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Water-filled infrastructural rings allow for the sharing of resources such as freshwater reservoirs, public beach harbors, and urban farming plots. Saline water from the bay will also be retained to grow algae, which is a rapidly renewable and efficient clean fuel source.

Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

A key component of the masterplan is the construction of a mile-high residential skyscraper, which was approached as a “logical response to a confluence of urban and environmental conditions.” A mile-high tower comes with many engineering challenges, one of them being pumping and distributing water to its residents. This problem was addressed by designing the facade to collect, treat, and store water at various levels in the tower, and relying on gravity for distribution.

Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Another challenge deals with transporting 55,000 residents throughout Sky Mile Tower. To address this, the elevator transport system runs both vertically and horizontally using ThyssenKrupp’s MULTI rope-free elevators.

As the global population continues to concentrate in urban areas -- many of which are situated near bodies of water -- “Next Tokyo” will represent a coastal mega-city that is more resilient to environmental change.

Learn more about the Next Tokyo proposal here

Cite: Kaley Overstreet. "Kohn Pedersen Fox + Leslie E. Robertson's Next Tokyo 2045 Masterplan Features a Mile-High Skyscraper " 29 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/780457/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates-plus-leslie-e-robertson-associates-next-tokyo-2045-masterplan-features-a-mile-high-skyscraper/>
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Marsellus W. · February 01, 2016

Hello, decline.

HR · January 30, 2016

Hey cool the Burj Khalif is moving to Tokyo! How does this work given the seismic area? Doesn't sound like a great idea.

R.Z. · January 29, 2016

Looks pretty fun.
Now can the buildings disappear underground in the case of giant monsters attacks ?

cl · January 29, 2016

^_^

TBLIN · January 29, 2016

Didn't know there was a Tokyo Bay in Arizona. Now the mile makes sense to me.

hiroo yamagata · January 29, 2016 11:13 PM

Arizona has Arcosanti, Biosphere2 (is it still there?) and FLW's Talisen West; it seems to be aplace where people come to fulfill (or try to) their bogus architectural dreams, so it kinda fits!

VRJ · January 29, 2016 08:03 PM

Next Tokyo is near Las Vegas! Could work. But... I don't think that Trump will appreciate this. O.o

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