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Tokyo May Get a Sky-High Green Roof With Views of Mount Fuji

Watch out, One World Observatory, there's a new tower coming with a sleek new observatory in the sky. Last week, new renderings for a development in Tokyo's Shibuya district were unveiled, a mixed-use series of buildings set to open in 2019 ahead of the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. A joint project of Kengo Kuma, SANAA and Nikken, the plan includes a variety of commercial and residential additions to the bustling shopping district, as well as a 3,000-square-meter (32,291-square-feet) green roof deck. This updated plan for the Shibuya Station redevelopment, which has been in the works for years, features a trio of high-rises currently called the East, West and Central Buildings (the rooftop would crown the 47-story East Building). While the proposed vantage point would offer a bird's-eye view of the busy Shibuya Crossing and, on a clear day, a glance at Mount Fuji, the renderings also include a helipad located right next to potential sightseers, so it may not always provide the calm escape one might desire.

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