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Populous opens Tokyo office

Populous has opened a new office in Tokyo as the architectural practice continues to expand its global footprint.

The new office takes the number of Populous offices around the world to 15, and Tokyo becomes the sixth in the Asia-Pacific region.

Populous’ reach as one the world’s largest architecture practices is now enhanced by more than 500 employees around the globe.

Jeff Keas, Populous senior principal, said:

Japan offers a wealth of opportunity – strong culture, burgeoning sports scene, global tourist destination. The world’s stage will shine its light here soon and we welcome an opportunity to share with Japanese community our design and event overlay expertise.

Populous has been working with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee since 2015 to advise them on the planning and design for all competition venues and several major non-competition venues.

In providing overlay consultancy for the 2020 Olympic Games, Populous’ role is to ensure each venue and its surrounding context will comply with criteria mandated by the International Olympic Committee and International Federations.

Additionally, Populous has been working with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in their quest for a new ballpark.

Renderings for that plan were recently released to the public and look to become the number one ballpark in Asia that maximises players’ performance on the field and international competitiveness within a mixed-use entertainment district.

Mako Ihara, project manager for Populous Japan, said:

Our work to date has been focused on how to create a venue master plan that fits within the highly complex urban context of Tokyo as it relates to a multi-layered system of transportation, security, open space, credentialed access, services and the overall experience for all spectators and fans.

This global expertise Populous brings to large-scale events and venues will make the 2020 Games a spectacular event.

In addition to its expertise in planning and executing large scale events, Populous specializes in designing architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, interior design and brand activation for mixed-use development, sports venues, convention centers and aviation.

The Populous Japan office is located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Nomura Building. For more information about Populous’ presence in Japan, contact Mako Ihara at +81-3-5322-2851.

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