KPF’s first project in Asia, commencing in 1989, JR Central Towers & Station marks a significant turning point in the history of the firm, taking our experience from individual buildings to major mixed-use transit-oriented developments that contribute to the future of cities and embody smart growth.
The JR Central Towers create a dramatic profile that redefined the Nagoya skyline. The 55-story JR Towers office building totals more than 1.1 million square feet of space. The 59-story, 774-room Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel is regarded as one of the six best hotels in Japan. Amenities include 10 restaurants and 50,000 square feet of meeting and function rooms in a state-of-the-art convention center.
Japan Rail’s Nagoya Station is a multi-modal transit hub that houses two national railway lines, and the Tokaido Shinkansen, the high-speed bullet train to Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. JR Central Station also houses two private railway lines, four subway lines (including a direct link to Nagoya’s new International Airport), and both JR buses and Nagoya’s city bus lines.
The contrast between the towers and their shared base also reflects the desire to integrate the building into the urban context. The uninterrupted vertical expression of the towers combined with the siting of the complex forms a monumental gateway into the city. Meanwhile, a two-story sky-street on the fifteenth floor—reached from the ground level through a bank of exterior shuttle elevators—connects public functions below to the towers above as it affords sweeping views of the city.
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