Shinjuku Mitsui Building
2-1-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan
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What could have been a boring American-style glass and steel box is saved from mediocrity by the channels running down its east and west sides. They hold recessed cross braces that add a visual element emphasizing strength and size. Each X is six stories tall. However, close up, the building works well on a human scale. There is a sunken garden and a surprising amount of room in its public plaza which welcomes pedestrians rather than imposing on them. The black horizontal bands do a good job of setting this skyscraper apart from its lighter-colored neighbors. Although, it might be more accurate to say that its neighbors went with a lighter color to be different than the Shinjuku Mitsui Building. That's because this was one of the first skyscrapers in the Shinjuku urban core.

Quick Facts
  • Construction finish: 1974
  • Designed by: Nihon Sekkei
  • Type: Skyscraper
  • Stories: 55
  • Maximum Height: 738 feet / 225 meters
    > At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Japan.
    > The building contains 18,000 metric tons of steel.
    > In addition to the sunken plaza garden, there is also a roof-top garden.
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  My first contact with Tokyo, in 1989 (the restaurant on the 54 floor that was).Nice view ver the city; at that time the Metropolitan Gouvernment Building was under construction.On the horizon Mt. Fuji (in January).I like this building for it's simplicity.

marc - Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 @ 9:54am