East Japan Railway Co (JR East) have released fresh images and details of the new station, slated to be built in the Shinagawa area in time for the 2020 Olympics, overseen by Kengo Kuma who is also designing the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
The station, provisionally named “Shinagawa New Station”, will be built in the old Shinagawa railway yard and is the first stop on the central Tokyo line to be built since Nishi-Nippori in 1971. Located around 1.3km from Tamachi and a mere 0.9km from Shinagawa Station, the new stop serving the Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku lines.
The station roof will be constructed from glass and steel and its lines are inspired by traditional Japanese origami. The east and west sides of the building will be walled with massive glass windows and a raised concourse will surround the central atrium, that will cover 1000 square meters.
The glass flanking the sides of the building is meant to offer an unobstructed view from both inside and out and thereby foster a closer relationship between the local town and the new station. It is believed that the shopping and dining facilities inside will not be fully completed until 2024.
Article by Marco Rinaldi