Construction starts at luxury residential tower dedicated to wine lovers, in Tokyo
The Shibuya Shinsen Wine Apartment Project is an apartment building in Tokyo, designed especially for wine lovers, complete with an on-site sommelier, ground-floor wine bar and bistro. The luxurious residential concept for serious oenophiles is the are the brainchild of Takayuki Suzuki, a Japanese property developer who also works as a director of the Japan branch of négociant Bordeaux Wine Bank. The 10-story building, which is scheduled to be completed by September 2013, will house 18 units, mostly in the 40-square-meter range, according to a report by Japan Property Central.
The new residential tower will cater to every winelover’s fantasy - in addition to a wine bar and bistro at their doorstep, the building comes with an in-house sommelier who will act as a wine concierge. The duties of the concierge include serving wine, arranging wine dinner parties and other events. Wine glasses and decanters are also available for rent.
Moreover, in a town where living space comes at an incredible premium, the building also comes with an underground wine cellar capable of housing 10,000 bottles. The project, helmed by the Japanese branch of the Bordeaux Wine Bank, was designed by architect Keiji Ashizawa, with one of the country’s top sommeliers, Ishida Hiroshi, acting as a consultant. Apartments can only be rented and are not for sale.