Tokyo Re-Development

Shinagawa New Station on the Yamanote Line: Images Revealed

East Japan Railway Company has released details and images of the new station that is scheduled to be built between the current Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations on the JR Yamanote line in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The new station, slated for completion in spring 2020, will serve both the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines and will be the first new station on the Yamanote line since Nish-Nippori was built in 1971. The station is tentatively called “Shinagawa Shin-Eki” (品川新駅) or Shinagawa New Station.

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The new station is being designed by Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s leading architects and also the designer of the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The design for the 30-m (98-feet) high glass and steel station roof is inspired by origami, Japanese traditional folding paper. The multi-faceted folds are meant to create a harmonious atmosphere but also to represent the station’s various faces and uses. The left side of the photo is oriented to Tokyo Station and the right side to Shibuya and Yokohama. Photo: JR East

The new station will be built on the site the current 200,000-sqm railyard that is being redeveloped by JR East and will be located about 0.9km to the north of Shinagawa station and about 1.3km to the south of Tamachi station.

Tokyo’s Front Door

The new station project, which was announced in June 2014, is part of a urban revitalization plan for the Shinagawa area that is meant to transfrom it into Tokyo’s genkan (reception area) to the world.

The company is planning to develop a large plot of land (approximately 130,000 square meters) west of the station into a hub for the “interaction of companies and people from around the world,” with high-rise office buildings that will create an international business center with easy access to the shinkansen (bullet train) and Haneda Airport. The Sengakuji subway stop, which provides direct transit to Haneda Airport in about twenty minutes, is also only 300 meters from Shinagawa station.

In terms of size, the project site is bigger than the project sites for Tokyo Midtown (about 78,000sqm) and Roppongi Hills (about 109,000sqm).

Connecting the Station to the Town

Both sides of the station will be consist of large glass walls to create unobstructed views of the station from surrounding station area and vice versa. Photo: JR East

The east and west sides of the station will be encased by large glass windows to create unobstructed views of the station from the surrounding station area and vice versa. The left side of the photo is oriented to Tokyo Station and the right side to Shibuya and Yokohama. Photo: JR East

The station concourse is envisioned as a light and airy space. The left side of the image is oriented towards the surrounding neighborhood and the right side towards the train tracks. Photo: JR East

The station concourse is envisioned as a light and airy space. The left side of the image is oriented towards the surrounding neighborhood and the right side towards the train tracks. Photo: JR East

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There will be a raised concourse above the train tracks that will further serve to connect the town to the station by providing event space. The left side of the image is oriented to the train tracks and the right side to the town. Photo: JR East

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Source: JR East Press Release (Japanese)