Photo/IllutrationThe gargantuan atrium rises from the first floor to the third floor of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, a new commercial complex that will open March 29 in the Hibiya district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. (Mana Takahashi)

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Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, a vast multipurpose complex that will open in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on March 29, will add excitement in the district that already boasts many theaters, cinemas and art galleries.

The building, in Hibiya district, has 60 commercial tenants, including a cinema area equipped with 11 screens and, of course, an array of cafes and restaurants.

“We hope not only people coming to this area to go to the theater but also office workers, tourists and those living in the center of Tokyo would visit Tokyo Midtown Hibiya,” said Eisuke Toyokura, executive manager of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya development department of Mitsui Fudosan Co., a developer of the complex.

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya has a total floor area of 190,000 square meters, with 35 floors above ground and four basement levels, and it also connects to Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Station. Office floors occupy the 11th to 35th floors.

Commercial facilities occupy the facility’s floors from the first basement level up to and including the seventh floor. Half of the 60 tenants are eateries and half are retail shops.

The first floor houses New-York based restaurant Buvette’s first eatery in Japan in addition to Isetan Mirror Make & Cosmetics. Toho Cinemas LTD’s cinema complex called Toho Cinemas Hibiya, equipped with about 2,200 seats, is on the fourth and fifth floors.

The complex also offers an "urban oasis" where diners at the Park View Garden on the sixth floor can enjoy eating while looking down at Hibiya Park.

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is the second “Tokyo Midtown” following the Tokyo Midtown complex in the capital’s Roppongi district in Minato Ward, which opened in 2007. Both were developed by Mitsui Fudosan.

The building occupies the site of the former Sanshin building, which, until being demolished, was famous for its stunning Western-style exterior architecture from the beginning of the Showa Era (19261989), as well as the Hibiya Mitsui building.