Shinagawa InterCity

 
Shinagawa InterCity complex

Shinagawa InterCity complex 品川インターシティ

Shinagawa is one of the major stations on the Yamanote-sen. It also has platforms for the Shinkansen, Narita Express、Tokaido-honsen, Shonan-Liner and other local trains, JR and Keihin-kyuko lines. In total it has 15 JR regular platforms, 4 Shinkansen platforms and 3 Keihin-kyuko platforms.

The Takanawa Side of the station has been long built up by Seibu and their Prince Hotel group. The East or Harbor side had for many years been hard to access and vastly unpopular. It was seen as an area of land where factories and warehouses stood which the average person didn’t need to visit.

The Harbor side of the Station after redevelopment

The Harbor side of Shinagawa Station after redevelopment

With the end of the Bubble years, the large tracts of land which Japan Railways owned throughout the country were designated for development and sold off to repay JR’s mounting debts. The East side of Shinagawa was one such area.

In 1994 the Shinagawa InterCity complex was built, housing convention facilities and office space and in 2003 the Shinagawa Grand Commons project was opened housing major corporations offices, such as Canon, Sony and Obayashi-gumi. InterContinental also has a hotel in one of the buildings.

Towers reflected upon Towers

Towers reflected upon Towers

Looking up at the Towers, it is hard to find them through the trees

Looking up at the Towers, it is hard to find them through the trees

Whilst the office buildings soar into the sky, a nice feature of the Shinagawa Grand Commons / InterCity project is the park area established in the area between the main buildings. The area is well designed with plenty of greenery and water features.

There is space in the middle for small orchestras or stage performances to take place with plenty of room for spectators to take a break from the hot summer and soak up the cool breezes that pass through the park.

The stage is surrounded by plenty of greenery

The stage is surrounded by plenty of greenery

Live in Tokyo concert

Live in Tokyo concert

On this weekend, I went to see the ‘Live in Tokyo’ festival being held in the Shinagawa Grand Commons Park. The event is being held from August 8 to 16, 2009. It covers a range of artists and allows the public to experience concerts in the Park.

The band strikes up the beat for the crowd

The band strikes up the beat for the crowd

The kids enjoying the show as well

The kids enjoying the show as well

Live in Tokyo brochure

Live in Tokyo brochure

Many different acts to enjo

Many different acts to enjoy

Lots of variety

Lots of variety

There was also a flea market in the park which seemed to be attracting quite a bit of attention.

Weekend flea market at Shinagawa Intercity

Weekend flea market at Shinagawa Intercity

Something for everyone at the flea market

Something for everyone at the flea market

The architecture is not stunningly different, but all of the buildings have a sleek look about them which still seems to retain a friendly feeling. Rather than hiding people away inside the building there are walkways and multiple entrace-ways to keep a flow of traffic within site.

Walkways from one side of the complex to the other

Walkways from one side of the complex to the other

Buildings to either side, the park and the walkways in the middle

Buildings to either side, the park and the walkways in the middle

More walkways with the park below

More walkways with the park below

There are also some nice reflection patterns to be seen from the park and the walkways. One building seems to mirror off the next without appearing too heavy and close.

An apartment building reflected in the office tower

An apartment building reflected in the office tower

A closeup look at the apartment building reflection

A closeup look at the apartment building reflection

More reflections. This time from a water feature in the park

More reflections. This time from a water feature in the park

This symbol on the ground in the park, shows the boundary line between the 2 properties.

Boundary Marker

Boundary Marker

4 thoughts on “Shinagawa InterCity”

  1. whipcracker says:

    Quite the combination of glass, concrete and steel. All making the relections stand out even the more. The park setup makes it even nicer for people to be able to relax and have a good time. The refllection of the surrounding buildings is something I don’t see much of, living out in the sticks. At least the people working in those buildings can see what’s going on. Something like that helps out during the work day.
    Great bunch of photos

  2. TorontoViewer says:

    This is a really well written article. I’ve always wondered about the Shinagawa area as I ride by it on the train or transfer to a shinkansen there. Beautiful photos. Thanks for posting this.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. I had a great day out here.

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