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Atago Green Hills Mori Tower
A beautiful skyscraper standing tall above central Tokyo, its gleaming skin reflecting the sun filtered through the metropolitan haze. In the tradition of modern Japanese architecture, the building is designed to appear as if the exterior skin is partially peeled away, revealing the building's inner core; much like a lotus flower as it starts to spread its petals in the spring. In this case, the petals are 42-stories of blue-green reflective glass and white spandrels arranged in a brilliant grid. The areas revealed behind the primary facade have thinner spandrels, which heightens the sense of perspective and help create the illusion of a rounded inner core covered by an outer husk.
> The building was erected in a joint venture between Mori Building Company; the Japanese national broadcaster, NHK; Kobunsha printing company; and three temples.
> The building was built by Takenaka Corporation.
> 2003 - This building is given the Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute.
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