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News Release | Online Posted on 10.01.19


October 1, 2019 – Rush Street Japan, a leading real estate, development, and entertainment company, has appointed two renowned architecture and design firms to support the development of its integrated resort (IR) planning within Hokkaido. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and landscape architecture and design company Takano Landscape Planning (TLP) were selected as a result of their complementary shared vision for the Hokkaido resort.

The award-winning design teams will guide the research and conceptual development of the project in collaboration with Rush Street Japan, bringing to life the real estate developer’s vision for the IR in Hokkaido.

The selection of these two industry leaders reflects Rush Street Japan’s ongoing commitment to the license process within Hokkaido. Importantly, it reiterates the real estate developer’s strong focus on environmental sustainability and its commitment to the design and creation of an IR that is complimentary to the beauty and nature of Hokkaido.

On appointment of the architectural team, Neil Bluhm, Co-Founder and Chairman of Rush Street, said:

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome SOM and TLP to the team. Their combination of creativity and regional insight, along with our global expertise in real estate development, enhances the solid foundation we’ve already built here in Japan. By selecting these design firms known for their commitment to innovation and sustainability, we’re another step closer to achieving our ambition of creating a thoughtful destination that will deliver a lasting positive impact on the local community in Hokkaido.”

Rush Street Japan is a strong community partner dedicated to discovering unique local elements and building facilities tailored to each community. Initial results from its online survey MyHokkaido (previously MyTomakomai) will inspire and feed into the concept and design of the world-class regional IR it envisions for Japan.

SOM’s work is representative of all disciplines and project types, from iconic, groundbreaking buildings such as the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center, to large-scale, mixed-use planning facilities including One Bangkok and Time Warner Center, and resorts like the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. The firm’s collaborative, interdisciplinary model brings invaluable talent and expertise which extend beyond borders, and it was the master architect behind Japan’s very own Tokyo Midtown.

TLP, a specialist in the analysis and landscape architectural design of the natural and social environment, has produced many of Hokkaido’s favorite parks and resorts. It was also responsible for bringing to Tokyo’s famous Showa Memorial Park a free play space specially designed for families to enjoy and create shared experiences.

Jonathan Stein, Managing Partner of SOM, said:

“Working with Rush Street Japan to achieve the vision for an ambitious and unique IR is an exciting prospect for SOM. We look forward to delivering a customized facility that organically connects the project to the natural beauty of Hokkaido and enlivens and enriches the community and transforms the region into a global tourist destination.”

Shuichi Murata, Representative Director of TLP, said:

“We are delighted at the opportunity to collaborate with Rush Street Japan and SOM to help to shape the future of Tomakomai and Hokkaido. We believe that this IR will strengthen Hokkaido’s position as a tourist-oriented region and contribute to its economic growth. Through our expertise in sustainable design and community-based approach, we look forward to creating an IR that would encourage visitors to connect with Hokkaido’s natural beauty.”


About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is an influential collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners, responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings, and significant public spaces. From a strategic regional plan to a single piece of furniture, SOM’s designs anticipate change in the way we live, work and communicate, and have brought lasting value to communities around the world. The firm’s approach is highly collaborative, and its interdisciplinary team is engaged on a wide range of international projects, with creative studios based across the globe.

About Takano Landscape Planning, Co., Ltd (TLP)

Takano Landscape Planning (TLP) is a landscape architecture and design company founded in Tokyo, Japan, 1975. The company relocated to Hokkaido in 1990 seeking further opportunities to learn more about environmental diversity and design dynamics. TLP specializes in design with creativity, community involvement, and forest ecology revitalization. TLP’s environmentally-friendly concept is reflected throughout a wide range of development projects across the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia Pacific.

About Rush Street Japan

Rush Street Japan was founded by Neil Bluhm and is part of his family of companies including JMB Realty, Walton Street Capital and Rush Street in 2018. Rush Street’s success as a real estate developer is grounded in a strong and stable capital position, helping it to become one of the fastest-growing regional gaming companies in North America today. Rush Street boasts successful real estate developments and investments across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia South America, India, and has a track record of creating the first and only IR in six regions in North America. The company has chosen Japan for its first gaming-related expansion into Asia due to the strong alignment between its expertise and Japan’s values and goal of building a world-class regional IR. Guided by its inclusive approach, Rush Street Japan facilities integrate seamlessly into each and every one of its host cities, and act as part of the local community. Rush Street Japan launched a local office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido in 2018, and is committed to engaging with various stakeholders throughout the development process. Rush Street Japan is dedicated to collaborating with authorities, business communities and residents to make Japan a global tourist destination.


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