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Shinjuku Mitsui Building

2-1-1 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

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Location

Address

2-1-1 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis Japan
2-1-1 新宿区, 東京, 東京都 日本

Neighborhood

Nishi-Shinjuku
西新宿

Fast Facts

Built

1974

Maximum Height

738 feet / 225 meters

Stories

55
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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.

Raw Data

Construction End

1974

Size[Explanation ♐]

Maximum Height: 738 feet / 225 meters

Floors[Explanation ♐]

55 stories above grade

Noteworthy Facts

• 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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People and Companies

Architecture Firm

Nihon Sekkei

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