AKIHABARA CROSSFIELD

Outline of Activities

As a part of “Tokyo Plan 2000,” the Tokyo Metropolitan Government released “Urban Development Guidelines for the Akihabara Area” in 2001. They highlighted their intent “to create a global center for the IT industry” in Akihabara, taking advantage of popularity of the Akihabara Electric Town, and popularity to draw consumers.

Based on these guidelines, a public call went out for proposals on property located in front of Akihabara station, which was owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The UDX Group (NTT Urban Development Co., Daibiru Corporation, and Kajima Corporation) made successful offers to purchase the property, beginning a new stage of urban development. “AKIHABARA CROSSFIELD” consists of two super-highrise buildings: Akihabara Daibiru Building and AKIHABARA UDX. The complex is expected to be a new focal point for the Akihabara district, holding areas for Industry-Academia Collaboration, information networking, and attractions for visitors.

The lower and mid level floors of the Akihabara Daibiru Building accommodate industry-academia collaboration facilities. There are venture fostering facilities and spaces where companies and academic institutes research and educate collaboratively as well as a convention hall on second floor. (The upper floors are for usual office use.)

The lower floors of AKIHABARA UDX (1-4F) is a section for attractions for visitors, a piloti area open to the public. It contains“Cafes and Restaurants,” “Showroom,” “Digital Workshop,” “Event Space,” and “Multi-Function Event Hall”. (The upper floors are for usual office use.)

Akihabara Daibiru Building and AKIHABARA UDX will be joined to the Electronic Town exit area of JR Akihabara station by a pedestrian deck, streamlining the flow of people between the station and the Electronic Town.