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Tokyo Sky Tree
(東京スカイツリー)

Formerly: New Tokyo Tower
Built: 2008-2011
Cost: ¥60,000,000,000
Designed by: Tadao Ando
Type: Tower
Maximum Height: 2,080 feet / 634 meters
Location: Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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Description by Wayne Lorentz
T okyo returns to the world's architectural stage with this massive broadcasting tower, scheduled for completion in 2011. It will rise above what was the Tobu Railway Company's rail yard in Sumida Ward. Discussions about a new broadcast tower have been ongoing for years, but it wasn't until 2006 that Tokyo's major broadcasting companies and the national broadcaster, NHK, agreed on this plan.

This tower will carry antennae for Tokyo radio and television stations, which are currently at the top of Tokyo Tower. However, Tokyo Tower is quickly being surrounded by massive skyscrapers which cause mutltipath and other problems with radio signals. The new tower will allow the broadcasters to locate their transmitters at a higher point to alleviate the congestion. As part of the move to the new tower, the broadcasters will abandon their analog facilities and move to pure digital operation.

Unlike the current Tokyo Tower, the base of Tokyo Sky Tree will be more than an expanse of asphalt with some scraggly gardens and minor amusement facilities. It is envisioned as an entire urban working, shopping, transportation, and community center, right beneath the tower, helping better utilize the available space.

Of course, the real star of the show is the tower, itself. Rising from a triangular-shaped lobby with a large arch on each side, the core of the building will be surrounded by a lattice work of structural steel. As the building rises, the core changes to a circular shape by the time it reaches the first observation level. The second level is 330 feet higher, but smaller. This is topped by the continuing steel cone and eventually a master television antenna.

  • Architect: Tadao Ando
  • This building is designed to be extra earthquake-resistant because it will serve as a vital communications relay during disasters.

  • First observatory height: 1,148 feet
  • Second observatory height: 1,476 feet

  • June 10, 2008: The name of this building is changed from New Tokyo Tower to Tokyo Sky Tree.
  • July 14, 2008: Construction began.
  • April 6, 2009: The foundation was completed.
  • October 16, 2009: The planned height of this tower was increased to 634 meters.
  • November 10, 2009: Construction reaches 650 feet.
  • December, 2010: Anticipated date of construction completion.
  • July, 2011: Anticipated opening to the public.

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  • A triangular-shaped lobby was chosen because it has three sides -- the smallest number possible for a self-supporting structure. They also symbolize the confluence of the Sumida River, the Ara River, and the bustle of human traffic.

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Tsuyosi
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 @ 9:06am
An impressive tower!

jeremias
Monday, March 1st, 2010 @ 7:51pm
Rating: Five stars.
muy buena pensar que los japoneses son los mejores del mundo,como me encantaria vivir en japon,por la foto se ve que es un sueño completo...los autos, los edificios,las torres,las luces,ojalas llege algun dia esa tecnologia aca...muy lindo.sigan asi señores que es lo que nadie puede disfrutar en un pais con muchos conflictos delitivos,por dios jamas vi algo en mi vida que sea tan hermoso,un sueño total,eso es por foto,pero no me imagino lo que sera estar de pie en la verdadera japon,pienzo que sera apartir de ahora mi pais favorito...

Edy Stone
Sunday, January 10th, 2010 @ 12:10am
Rating: Five stars.
Tadao Ando and any great architect is to be praised for taking a landmark like the former Tokyo Tower (Original architect Tachu Naito) to greater heights and towards a greater future!The Best is yet to come!!We welcome July 2011.

Jason Smith
Monday, November 16th, 2009 @ 1:40am
Rating: Five stars.
I have resided in Sumida ward for over 18 years. Tokyo Sky Tower is a wlcome addition adding a contrast to the old town of Asakusa, just across the Sumida River. They have extended the height by 24 meters to beat the height of a tower now under construction in China. I worked on a dam as a young man that was not even 500 feet tall. Gotta respect those construction workers on this job, the Tokyo Sky tree!

Paul Diamond
Saturday, October 17th, 2009 @ 10:40pm
Rating: Five stars.
Excellent. At last something new for Godzilla to destroy.

Bruce M.
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 @ 3:47pm
Rating: Five stars.
Trying to replace the Tokyo Tower with a taller structure is like trying to replace the Empire State or Chrysler Buildings in New York. They achieved icon status not just because off their size, but also because of their design, despite "new", taller structures. This new tower looks like an erector set on steroids, and doesn't say "TOKYO, JAPAN" to me--it could be built anywhere.

Megan Hoteling
Thursday, September 25th, 2008 @ 6:10pm
Rating: Four stars.
While I do enjoy the futuristic heading and the forethought put into both the design and uses, I cannot say that I will not miss the classical, almost symbolic, figure that is the Tokyo Tower today.

Ruddy Nuņez
Monday, December 3rd, 2007 @ 2:45pm
Looks very good, keep up the good work!

kele best
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 1:21am
this is just what tokyo needs to show just how advanced they are when it comes to technology

dave
Saturday, August 25th, 2007 @ 4:40pm
It looks very modern and sleek. Just goes to show how much money Japan has.

Marc
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 @ 6:39am
Rating: Five stars.
A spectacular tower.And more beautiful than existing Tokyo Tower.I hope it will have a sky lobby, open for public.

Animator
Sunday, April 15th, 2007 @ 9:42pm
Rating: Five stars.
Very elegant and futuristic, it boasts japans enormous grip on technology.

eske
Sunday, March 25th, 2007 @ 1:50pm
Rating: Five stars.
I like the height of the new tokyo tower it is interesting...

alexanderi premja
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 @ 1:43pm
Rating: Five stars.
very stilish and looks powerfull.

Kyoko Hikarui
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 @ 9:59am
Rating: Five stars.
It kinda reminds me of seattle


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