The Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan, reaching 634 meters, and is also the tallest tower in the world and the second tallest building, after the Burj Khalifa. But apart from these facts there are a lot of other interesting things about it.
The metamodern architecture it features was designed by the practice of Nikken Sekkei Ltd. and it tries to transform the traditional Japanese style into a futuristic version that points towards new directions without forgetting the past. The building also wanted to become a catalyst and trendsetter for the revitalization of the city and also focused heavily on the safety and security measures to ensure that the building will be functional and efficient, apart from being architecturally wonderful.
The tower is the main part of a large commercial development and its main purpose is the relaying of television and radio broadcast signals. The tower’s base is like that of a tripod and at 350 meters its structure becomes cylindrical offering a panoramic view of the city with two observatories placed at 350 meters and 450 meters, the first being able to host up to 2000 persons and the second one up to 900. The higher one also features a spiral glass skywalk from where the visitors can reach the highest point of the platform.
The central shaft was made from reinforced concrete and the entire tower is seismic proofed. During the night it features LED illumination with two different colors, namely sky blue and purple.