A Tree In The Sky
Close to the East of central Tokyo a huge construction project is taking place.
The Tokyo Sky Tree (the name was chosen by public vote) will be the world’s second tallest building and is due for completion in 2011.
Tokyo Sky Tree is intended to replace Tokyo Tower (333m) as the primary broadcast location for Tokyo TV, radio and mobile phone communications, as well as being the centre of massive redevelopment of the local area, which the media are promoting as “the birth of a new town”! It incorporates a redeveloped station, shops, restaurants, entertainment, corporate facilities, etc…the usual stuff.
The Sky Tree will feature the world’s highest viewing platform at a giddying 450m. Early designs showed this would be in the form of a externally suspended glass tube, although this has since been incorporated a little closer to the tower itself.
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It’s an incredible feat of engineering, not least of which because the Sky Tree has been designed to withstand high magnitude earthquakes, Tokyo being one of the most earthquake-prone points on the planet. I haven’t been able to find information on how much the top of the tower is expected to sway in the case of such quakes, but I’d love to be there if it happened!
Every weekend hundreds of enthusiasts flock to the site to take photographs and view the progress of the massive tower’s rise. They also visit an information centre which shows images, videos and scale models of the project.
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The tower already seems phenomenally tall at its current 231m, but that’s only a third of the final height of 634m – the idea of which is simply mind-boggling. The current height is proudly displayed on the homepage of the project as well as on a huge banner at the base of the building.
This image gives an idea of just how much this building will tower above the surrounding area once completed:
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Read other Tokyo Sky Tree reports on JapanGasm here:
Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 3) – Distant Views