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Tokyu has finally unveiled the design of the newly planned Shibuya skyscraper part of the huge Shibuya Station renovation project currently underway.

If all goes as planned (and it usually does in Japan) the new development will open in 2019, a year ahead of the anticipated Tokyo Olympics. According to the press release (PDF) the 49-story building will be a mixed-use facility with retail, cultural spaces, offices and, of course, the 3000 square-meter sky deck.

The project is being jointly designed by a group of renowned Japanese architectural offices: Kengo Kuma, SANAA and Nikken.

It really looks quite pretty. The site linked above has a number of additional images from different perspectives, and it seems the designers did a wonderful job. Hopefully reality will be the same.

This is fairly optimistic goal and would be wonderful if it can be realized. Currently Shibuya Station is a mess, both from the angle of trying to navigate the station itself, and also due to all the construction. If they can finish this in a mere four year that would be amazing and likely well received.