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.


25th June, 2010. View from Iidabashi at dusk. Height: just under 400m.


25th June, 2010. Night view from Nippori. Height: just under 400m.


21st December, 2010. Sunrise at Nippori. Height: 530m.


24th December, 2010. Sunset at Nippori. Height: 539m.


24th December, 2010. Night view from Ikebukuro. Height: 539m.


6th January, 2011. View from Saitama (distance 35 km). Height: 545m.


12th January, 2011. Sunrise at Nippori. Height: 555m.


14th January, 2011. Dusk at Nippori. Height: 555m.


8th March, 2011. View from Nippori, hazy day. Height: 615m.


22nd May, 2011. Evening view from Nippori with clouds. Height: 634m.


22nd May, 2011. Evening view from Nippori with clouds (detail). Height: 634m.

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And some great timelapse videos of Sky Tree’s growth:



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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:

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 1) – Progress

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 2) – The Site

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 3) – The Rising Presence

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 4) – Merchandise, Merchandise, Merchandise!

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 5) – Countdown to Opening!

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 6) – Lights On!

Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 7) – It’s Rubbish!

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~ by JapanGasm on 1 August, 2011.

2 Responses to “Tokyo Sky Tree: a Definitive Guide (part 1) – Progress”

  1. […] this previous post it was explained how Tokyo Sky Tree was designed to be 634 metres in height. The pun? […]

  2. You really have nice shots of Tokyo Sky tree!!

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