Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Former 'Hanae Mori Building' To Reopen In Omotesando
TOKYO (Nikkei)--A distinctive building in Tokyo's Omotesando district, dubbed the "Hanae Mori Building" after the fashion designer of the same name, is now being rebuilt, with plans for the new structure to open for business on April 4.
Obayashi Corp. (1802) is now building the new nine-floor complex, formally known as "Oak Omotesando," near Tokyo Metro's Omotesando Station. The building will house commercial facilities, including a number of luxury fashion brands, as well as offices.
The Omotesando shopping street is lined with zelkova trees, but the company plans to plant oak trees on the new building's premises. Obayashi hopes the new structure will eventually become an area landmark.
The first and second floors of the building will feature stores for luxury fashion brands such as Emporio Armani and Coach, as well as restaurants. The other floors will house offices.
(The Nikkei, Feb. 19 morning edition)