Umeda Sky Building 大阪梅田藍天大廈
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Location Japan Japan Osaka City Osaka City North District Dazhong 1 /
Coordinates 34 ° 42’19 “N 135 ° 29’23” E
Completion date March 25, 1993
Antenna / spire 208 cm
Roof 173 meters
Layers on the ground 40 layers, 2 floors underground
Floor area of 147,397 square centimeters
Design and construction
The architect of the original wide division
Atelier Phi Building Research Institute
Kimura Toshihiko Tectonic Research Office
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The main contractor bamboo in the work shop
Aoki building a common enterprise body
The Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル Umeda Sukai Biru) is the nineteenth-tallest building in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. It is located in Umeda district of Kita-ku, Osaka.
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OSAKA UMEDA SKY BUILDING AT SUNSET
From: Kazue Kitabayashi
The building was originally conceived in 1988 as the “City of Air” project, which planned to create four interconnected towers in northern Osaka. Eventually, the Japan economic bubble of the 1980s burst and brought the number of towers down to two.
The 173 m (568 ft) building was designed by Hiroshi Hara. It was constructed by Takenaka Corporation and was completed in 1993
The building features a rooftop observatory, The Floating Garden Observatory, as well as an underground market that attempts to recreate the atmosphere of Osaka in the early 20th century. At the base of the towers is an urban garden with walking trails and water features.
The building was mainly owned by Toshiba Corporation through Toshiba Building Co., Ltd. In July 2008, Toshiba sold a majority stake (65%) in Toshiba Building to Nomura Real Estate co. but maintains a 35% ownership.
Mazda has an office in the Umeda Sky Building Tower East. The Consulate-General of Germany in Osaka is located on the thirty-fifth floor of the Umeda Sky Building Tower East. AstraZeneca have their Japanese and Asia-Pacific headquarters in the East Tower. Platinum Games is also located in the building.
The observatory provides a breathtaking 360-degree view and has an open terrace where visitors can feel the gusting of the wind, an unusual feature at such heights. Crowds gather on the west of the building each evening to see the sun setting over the Rokkō mountain range and the Kii Channel. At night the south side offers a spectacular view of the shining lights of Osaka’s skyline. These sights appear on respective lists of Japan’s best sunsets and nighttime scenery.
About Umeda Sky Building
40 floors, 173 meters high.
Completed in March 1993, opened in July of the same year.
Design: Hara Hiroshi and Atelier Phi
Address:Ōyodonaka 1-1-88, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Access: 7 minute-walk from Osaka Station, 9-minute walk from Umeda Station (Midōsuji Line) and Hankyū Umeda Station, and 13-minute walk from Hanshin Umeda Station.
Floating Garden Observatory
Hours: 10:00 am to 10:30 pm (ticket counter closes at 10:00 pm). May be open later on special days. Open daily.
Entrance: Ticket counter, 39F
High and junior high school students: ¥700
Elementary school students: ¥500
Preschool children: ¥200
Seniors 65 or older: ¥800
(Discounts for groups and disabled visitors; credit card payment possible)
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Photo by Mr. Misadventures
Designed by the architect Hiroshi Hara laureate. Hara-known internationally for his design of the Sapporo Dome stadium, home of the World Cup Korea-Japan 2002.
At the end of 1993 the construction Umeda Sky Building became the tallest building in Japan. Ha date of August 2007 took the seventh position in the ranking of the skyscrapers Japan.
The building was conceived under two concepts:
The first, give a character of great urban portico, similar to the Arc of Defense in Paris. Thanks to a technology research consistently erected two towers of 173 m in height, joined at the top by a terrace lookout. These towers are communicated by means of bridges, walkways and electric panoramic lifts, achieving an interesting dynamic, unlike most of the world’s tallest buildings, which can only be raised or lowered.
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The second objective was to give the appearance of this building a floating city, which Hara ideological use of special crystals on top of it, which reflect the sky as the landscape outside, contrasting with the opaque ceramic its bottom. In this way, the building changes its appearance every day of the year, every hour of the day.
At the top of the buildings side, the architect Hara has shredded the edges of the same in a series of volumetric allegories that are a metaphor for the clouds in which “floats” the garden observatory.
Interestingly, but flattering at the same time: In the hall of the domestic viewpoint is a large scale model of Machu Picchu, with a tagline that reads “The ancient city floating of the Andes: Machu Picchu”.
Suggesting that the adjective is given to the Inca citadel: above their qualities of “sacred”, “hidden”, “Lost” or others that we hear, it has preferred to highlight their ethers. It is interesting because the similarity between the Japanese have found this wonderful building supertecnológico and Peruvian citadel.
Another unique attraction in the first basement, a restaurant recreates a picturesque street that evokes the old Japan of the early twentieth century in the Showa era.
Corona building a platform of 54 by 54 meters, at its heart pierced by a glass ring, which seems to conjure up a space station.
This includes restaurants whose interiors are elegantly decorated and sober and meticulous gardening, called “the Garden Center-Floating” (the Floating Garden Observatory), which some critics have wanted to compare with the hanging gardens of Babylon.
Account as well as a lookout inside and outside terrace, which is accessed by escalators and glass from which you can see a spectacular panorama of the city of Osaka, especially the Yodo River.
On the outside of the watchtower have been mixed into the cement floor of the small stones of reactive material to light violet simulating forms of comets, black holes, galaxies and all sorts of ways of expacio outside.
At nightfall focus pockets of violet light to the ground by making these small stones alike resulting in a wonderful spectacle of lights that make the visitor believe that is floating between the galaxies and stars from outer space.
The construction process was very interesting, since it was first built the towers side and then the observation deck (which had been assembled with separately) was hoisted by crane and embedded at the top of the building.
UMEDA SKY BUILDING | OSAKA – JAPAN
From: Pit Spielmann
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