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Citicorp/Tobishima Headquarters
Tokyo, Japan
1990

Citicorp/Tobishima Headquarters was designed as a 24 story, 63,000 M2 office tower for the newly developing Tokyo Teleport area of Tokyo Bay. A banking hall, art gallery, multipurpose hall, reception room and several restaurants and cafes were to be included in the program. The site is spatially generous, with unobstructed views of Tokyo. The building was therefore designed at two scales: one, through the use of grand gestures, relating to its location at the water's edge; the other relating to its more immediate context and to pedestrian scale.

The tower is arranged as a dynamic composition divided into three primary elements in order to reduce its apparent bulk and to create more elegant proportions. A waving screen of green glass, separated from the main work areas to create common breakout space, is layered over the frame, creating an iridescent surface which refracts sun light and evokes the motion of the sea.


Mr. Gates acted as lead designer on this project at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC.