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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Consulting structural engineers
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