Tokyo International Cruise Terminal

Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo International Cruise Terminal

A new gateway to welcome the world’s largest passenger ships to the capital

The global cruise market is undergoing unprecedentedly major changes, with the rapid growth of the cruising population and the increasing size of passenger ships. The cruise market is expected to grow in a rush, backed by economic growth in Asia, and particularly in China. The situation required Tokyo, as the entrance to the capital region, to adapt to rising cruise demand. Therefore, the city decided to develop a new passenger ship terminal in a maritime sub‐city center, able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships, and to do it in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
To handle various large cruise ships, this plan has a large and highly flexible space, where it can also host diverse events. The exterior design, which resembles Japanese temple architecture, is clad in open-looking glass, with deep curvilinear eaves, and balconies surround the four corners.
This is also an unparalleled plan to build a terminal on reclaimed land in the waters of the maritime sub‐city center. It won the approval (structural rating) of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for its special structural form, which unifies the building form with the civil engineering structure.

Transportation Facilities
Architecture x Digital
Providing Safe and Secure Buildings
The 55th SDA Award
2020 Good Lighting Award

Work data

Tokyo Metropolitan
Koto-ku, Tokyo
Steel structure
Number of floors
4 above-ground levels
Total Floor Area
July 2020
Building Use
Ship mooring
Photo Credit
Naoomi Kurozumi
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