Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings are outstanding as a symbol of the Metropolitan city of Tokyo. The occupants in these buildings have a lot of space and flexibility because they don't have any pillars in them. The Buildings will mark its 20th anniversary next year.
Its size on the ground is 43,000 square meters, its height is 243 meters, and it has 3 stories underground and 48 stories above ground. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings consist of two main buildings and the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building. In the Main Building No.1, the office space stretches from the 3rd floor underground to the 48th floor aboveground; and in the Main Building No.2, the office space stretches from the 3rd floor underground to the 34th floor aboveground. When it is a clear fine day, you can see Mt. Fuji from the observatory found on the 45th floor of the Main Building No.1. The buildings are representative of the work that Kenzo Tange was designing towards the end of his design career that lasted from 1926 to 1989 , and also the most famous example of his post-modern architecture.

This is a picture of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings when looking up at them from the square just in front of the buildings, which is called Tomin Hiroba. The contrast between the dark color and the light color comes from the two different types of granite that were used in constructing the walls. This creative wall design is made to look like a traditional Japanese motif, such as pillars and beams, Shoji, or one of the paper sliding doors that you find in Japanese houses, and Fusuma which is a Japanese sliding door made of thicker wood and paper without any visible cross members. This traditional imagery is combined with a unique image of a modern day integrated circuit.

Arches are used in many parts of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building. The cylindrical shaped part of this picture is where the main assembly hall is housed.

The building you can see through all the others is the Main Building No.2. Each of the buildings, the Main Building No.1 and No.2 were built using the exact same methods for their superstructures, which used 8 super pillars in each building and super beams used for every 10 floors to support the whole of the building's infrastructure.


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