The project is located inside Ginza Six; Tokyo’s latest shopping complex notable for its incredible location at the heart of Ginza.
Terminal Ginza sits in the middle of Mihara Dori Avenue-side entrance, right beside the Bus Bay where visitors from around the world are expected to arrive in flocks.
Given its nature as a greeting space, the space is required to fulfil many functions such as a tourist information center, convenience store, currency exchange, parcel delivery desk, and a tax-free counter.
The client’s request was to design a space that isn’t simply enslaved by function, and for the space to have a “quintessentially Japanese vibe.” Naturally, DAIKEI MILLS wanted to achieve this without pandering to cultural stereotypes, and its answer was to design the entire space that has a kind of tense serenity – a re-interpretation of zen-style dry gardens found in traditional temples using modern materials. A key design feature is the use of the black skin steel which covers the entire floor and considerable part of the wall.