“Kobe Sannomiya Hankyu Building” Receives Good Design Award – The design as a landmark of Sannomiya, the center of Kobe, was highly evaluated –

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“Kobe Sannomiya Hankyu Building” Receives Good Design Award ~The design as a landmark of Sannomiya, the center of Kobe, was highly evaluated~

The Kobe Sannomiya Hankyu Building, which opened in April 2021 with a new look as a complex facility consisting of commercial facilities, offices, and a hotel, today received the 2022 Good Design Award (sponsored by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion). I am pleased to inform you that I have received
On the construction site of this building, the former Kobe Hankyu Building East Building was completed in March 1936 (Showa 11) and was demolished in January 1995 after being severely damaged by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. It has been popular as a symbol of While inheriting the design of the old building, which is steeped in the history of Kobe Sannomiya, this building incorporates elements that contribute to improving the attractiveness of the entire city, thereby creating a lively atmosphere in the city and serving as the center of Kobe. It has become a new landmark in Sannomiya.
This award was given in recognition of the high design quality of this building. [Image 1

Here’s an overview:
1. design point
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(1) Inheriting the design of the former Kobe Hankyu Building East Building, forming a symbolic exterior
In order to inherit the memory and form of the former Kobe Hankyu Building East Building, which has been popular for a long time, the lower part of the building adopted the cylindrical tower and large arched windows that were characteristic of the former building. In addition, the concourse on the east side of the building incorporates a design that makes use of the arch structure of the elevated framework of about 90 years ago.
In the high-rise building, a symbolic appearance was created by using a deeply chiseled design while taking into consideration the colors of the low-rise building.

(2) Create an “Ekimachi space” that connects the station and surrounding blocks to create a lively town
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Kobe City is promoting the creation of a bustling city that is accessible to everyone by connecting the station and surrounding districts with an attractive excursion space (Ekimachi space). In this building, a sense of unity between the station and the town was produced by designing the concourse outside the station and the public plaza in front of the station with continuity. In addition, on the north side of the building, the city of Kobe will widen the sidewalk along the building into a stone-paved street, and with the understanding and cooperation of the city, open terraces for restaurants will be set up on the same street. , which created a buzz in the city.
(3) Contribute to improving the attractiveness of Kobe’s night view, which is said to be worth 10 million dollars, by lighting it up, etc. [Image 4

In order to enhance the appeal of the night view, which is one of the highlights of Kobe, various effects are performed using lighting. In cooperation with other light-up facilities in Kobe City, we send messages of light according to events such as “KOBE Light-up DAY”. In addition, on the top floor of this building, in addition to the observatory restaurant and bar, part of the floor is open to the public (*) so that visitors to Kobe can enjoy the view.
(*) Currently closed due to the corona crisis.

2. Evaluation comments by judges
A place called a station is a special place that will be remembered not only by citizens who are related to the area, but also by travelers, and it is also a symbol of the city.
The lower part retains the form and decoration of the former Kobe Hankyu Building, which was popular with citizens before the
earthquake, and the upper part has functions such as offices and hotels. Although they have different forms, they are well harmonized by expressions such as texture and shadows. Together with the bustling restaurant district, it has been designed in a comprehensive manner from a bird’s-eye view as a landmark of the city and a place that will be loved for a long time.
3. others
■ What is the Good Design Award?
The Japan Institute of Design Promotion started in 1957 with the aim of making life and society better through design. The award-winning “G Mark” is widely known as a symbol of excellent design.
■Good Design Award Winner introduction page
Outline of “Kobe Sannomiya Hankyu Building”
“Kobe Sannomiya Hankyu Building (the name of the facility combining the Kobe Hankyu Building East Building and the store under the elevated station)” opened on April 26, 2021. It consists of the commercial facility “EKIZO Kobe Sannomiya”, offices,
accommodation-based hotel “REM Plus Kobe Sannomiya”, etc. The outline is as shown in the table below.
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Release https://www.hankyu-hanshin.co.jp/release/docs/1e49e30977249e737525fe428859408165af35b6.pdf Publisher: Hankyu Hanshin Holdings
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