Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Roppongi HillsTokyo, Japan Mori Building Development Co., Ltd. Mori Biru, Architect-of-Record; Jerde Partnership International, Interior Designer; Remedios Siembieda, Interior Designer; Super Potato, Interior Designer Hospitality 690,000 ft2 / 64,000 m2 MIPIM Awards Tourism Resorts Category, Finalist (2004), ULI Award of Excellence, Asia Pacific Competition (2007)
The Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills contains 380 guestrooms, 10 restaurants and bars, and 13 banquet rooms. Featuring angular bay windows which redirect views away from the office building on the north side while carrying the geometric theme throughout the hotel’s guest rooms, the tower’s outer façade looks towards the low-lying surrounding residential areas and Mount Fuji beyond. Suites with private gardens and terraces are located on the hotel tower’s roof tops. The podium roof top facing the office tower is arrayed with a sky lit village of restaurants that connects with the retail gallery.
The hotel has a distinct entrance at the intersection of T.V. Asahi Dori and Gallery Street, at the southeast corner to the site. The corner entrance is marked by a circular volume, atop which sits a large stone mass that houses the hotel’s banquet rooms. The overhang provides a covered drop-off at the main lobby. Access to the upper level lobby lounges, shops, and restaurants is provided by an open escalator. Large terraces off these major public rooms extend out from underneath the curved hotel volume to address the street edge, creating a one- or two-level, human-scaled sidewalk along the southern edge of the complex.
The massing of the hotel consists of two linear bars of different heights connected in a flattened V-shape which cradles the office tower. The resulting concave (inside) façade of the hotel faces the office tower while the convex (outer) façade looks out towards the city. The form and materials of the hotel were intended to provide a counterpoint to the glass and aluminum and curves of the adjacent Mori Tower, also designed by KPF.