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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Totate Group

Familiar, yet new. SATONOWA: Urban development that blends in seamlessly with the local community


11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning


Initiative details

They key theme of Totate Group’s work has always been “housing for this town and the lives of its residents.” By drawing on the culture and environment that the future demands, we aim to conduct urban development that stands at people’s side.
Ushita-Waseda, where we are developing a new residential area, is somewhere that people think of as their hometown, where the unique character and culture of the region have matured over many years.
The land in Ushita-Waseda was acquired by TOTATE Toshikaihatsu Co., Ltd., a member of the Totate Group, and development began in 2016. Rather than starting from scratch, the theme of this urban development is to take advantage of the characteristics of the area and reconceptualize the value of the space and living environment that already exists there, including its history and natural environment.
The development’s design incorporates an open and well-lit layout of housing lots, producing a livable environment that residents will want to return to with a sense of attachment. Footpaths are located throughout the area, creating a landscape full of greenery. The Community House, located in Waseda Plaza at the center of the development, is equipped with kitchen facilities and will serve as a place where local residents, students, new residents, and others can interact by holding club activities and events. SATONOWA Terrace, consisting of rental housing buildings that surround the plaza, has an open plan that allows residents to feel connected to the outside world. People can enjoy the outdoors and their hobbies to the fullest and lead a variety of lifestyles that suit their individual needs.


Footpaths that let you feel the changing of the seasons
Kitchen facilities at the Community House

This urban development of Ushita-Waseda is an ambitious project for us. Our goal is not to stop at the traditional process of building and selling houses, but to be involved in residents’ lives on an ongoing basis. In order to contribute to economic, social, and environmental development, we will work to play a part in meeting SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities.”


Key Points

Living in a community requires extensive communication. As such, the footpaths, Waseda Plaza, the Community House, and other locations are intended to serve as mechanisms to encourage and strengthen connections between residents. In addition, students from Hiroshima Jogakuin University, located nearby, were involved in the design of the Community House, a place where local residents, students, and new residents can interact. It serves as a symbol for community interaction in the Ushita-Waseda area, including industry-academia collaboration.


Community House, a hub for local activities

Totate Group

2-4-7 Kokutaijimachi Naka-Ku, Hiroshima



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