Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 1) – Progress
My original post on Tokyo Sky Tree was written over a year and a half ago when Sky Tree was standing just 231m high – since then a lot has changed.
Tokyo Sky Tree – Construction, Growth, Progress
Construction continued throughout 2010 at a typically Japanese pace (i.e. fast) and I along with thousands of others regularly took photographs of its progress as it climbed skyward.
On March 29th, 2010 it became the tallest structure in Japan (surpassing the 333m Tokyo Tower). Almost a year later, on March 1st, 2011 it became the world’s tallest tower and shortly afterwards, on March 18th, the tower finally reached its full height of 634m.
The height is a lovely example of a Japanese pun: the area in which the tower stands was formerly called Musashi, and the numbers in the height (6-3-4) can be pronounced as “mu”-”sa”-”shi”. Indirect, subtle and poetically nostalgic. It’s a rather beautiful way of acknowledging the past, unlike simply calling the tower “Musashi Tower” – a boringly obvious reference.
It is officially the second tallest building on the planet, with only Burj Khalifa in Dubai standing taller. It’s interesting to note that both are standing in somewhat questionable zones – Sky Tree at one of the most earthquake-prone spots on earth, and Burj Khalifa on sand.
Here are just a few images of Sky Tree’s growth since my last post.
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16th December, 2009. View looking west. Height: 235m.
For those wanting a more detailed report of the progress, this excellent blog has been providing daily reports on the construction since March 2009.
Read other Tokyo Sky Tree reports on JapanGasm here: