When it comes to skyscrapers, Godzilla has a lot more experience tearing them down than building them up. Honestly, we can’t think of a single notable example from his six decade-long body of work in which the King of the Monsters drafts and submits a successful architectural design.
Nevertheless, the world’s most famous kaiju is about to dip his toes in the construction world, by rearing his head, in full-size, above a new building going up in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood.
Tokyo’s ever-changing urban landscape is about to get a new addition in Kabuki-cho, the glitziest part of Shinjuku’s entertainment district. Scheduled for completion next April is the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku movie complex, replacing the older Shinjuku Toho Kaikan theater which closed down in 2008. At the top of the eight-story building is a terrace where visitors will be able to relax in the open air, marvel at the surrounding skyline, and tower in fear of the Godzilla Head bursting out the roof.
▼ When you and your date are so enthralled with each other that you don’t notice the 12-meter (39-foot) monster head behind you, then you know it’s love.
The full-scale recreation is based on the creature’s appearance in 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra, also known as the one with the twin singing fairies.
▼ Or, alternatively, as the one where Mothra cheats and has two of her larvae help her gang up on poor Godzilla.
With the building’s roof being 40 meters high, Godzilla’s head will be standing at just over 50 meters above street level, matching his stature in his 1954 cinematic debut. The plan is for the head to be illuminated at night, and for the head’s eyes and mouth to glow, accompanied by periodic roars.
Godzilla won’t just be looking hard at moviegoers and pedestrians, though. In the above render, you may have noticed that being built adjacent to the new Toho theater is the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. The hotel’s managers aren’t worried about Godzilla spoiling the view from their guestrooms, though. In fact, they’re counting on him enhancing it, and are already taking reservations for special Godzilla View Rooms, which can be booked here at prices starting from 15,000 yen (US $125) a night for guests checking in from April 24.
All of this comes on the heels of Toho’s recent announcement that the studio will begin filming a new, Japanese-produced Godzilla film next year. And while fans will probably have to wait until 2016 before they can see the monster on movie screens, it’s good to know they’ll be able to see him in the Tokyo skyline a lot sooner than that.