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A breath of fresh air: Ginza Six’s extraordinary rooftop garden and living walls


Ginza Six opened at the heart of the Ginza neighbourhood earlier this year. A must-visit retail destination, this department store offers so much more than just shopping: here you can connect with nature on the rooftop garden and appreciate art in the form of living walls

Ginger Rose Clark
Ginger Rose Clark ,

In the middle of Japan’s capital city, Ginza Six, which opened in spring 2017, offers opportunities to enjoy moments of peace and quiet thanks to a beautiful outdoor area and art installations.

Perched on the 13th floor of the building, the rooftop garden is a haven of tranquillity. Covering around 4,000 square metres, it is the largest rooftop garden in the Ginza neighbourhood and has a lawn and water feature. Visitors can take a break from shopping to stroll and relax in this beautiful green space, which is based on the gardens of the Edo period with different tree varieties to mark the passing of the seasons.

Ginza Six also offers plenty of other surprises, including the chance to look at art. Indulge your senses with two impressive living walls: at 12 metres high, they are guaranteed to catch your attention.

Living Canyon by the botanist and artist Patrick Blanc is composed of a variety of plants native to Japan, and celebrates the diversity, strategies and beauty of the natural world.

The second wall, Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall, is an ingenious digital installation developed by ‘ultra technologists’ TeamLab, a collective of digital technology experts. A waterfall, which incorporates some of the same plants as Living Canyon, appears to change according to sunlight in a combination of three-dimensional space and video. Located at opposite sides of the department store, these living walls echo each other harmoniously all while bringing nature into the modern, urban space of Ginza Six in an innovative way.

Ginza Six, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

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