Midtown Tower

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Midtown Tower
ミッドタウンタワー
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Midtown Tower with Gardenside in the foreground
General information
Location 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato
Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°39′59″N 139°43′54″E / 35.66639°N 139.73167°E / 35.66639; 139.73167Coordinates: 35°39′59″N 139°43′54″E / 35.66639°N 139.73167°E / 35.66639; 139.73167
Construction started 2004
Completed 2007
Opening March 31, 2007
Owner Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd
Height
Roof 248.1 meters (814 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 54 above ground
5 below ground
Floor area 246,408 m2 (2,652,310 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Structural engineer Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
Main contractor Takenaka Corporation
Taisei Corporation

Midtown Tower (ミッドタウンタワー Middotaun tawā?) is a mixed-use skyscraper in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo. Completed in 2007, it is the tallest of the six buildings within the Tokyo Midtown complex, and at 248.1 meters (814 ft), it is also currently the tallest office building in Tokyo. The building is home to numerous companies and The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo.

Construction[edit]

Located at the center of the Tokyo Midtown development, Midtown Tower is the tallest of the six buildings located within the complex. At 248.1 meters (814 ft), it is the current tallest building in Tokyo and has held this title since the primary construction of the building was completed in January 2007.[1] Its official grand opening was on March 31, 2007, though the offices had been open since February.[1] The building was designed by Chicago-based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill with help from Nikken Sekkei Ltd. and built by the Takenaka and Taisei Corporations.[2]

Facilities[edit]

As a mixed-use facility, Midtown Tower's 54 floors are utilized in different ways. Several conference rooms occupy the entirety of the 4th floor. The 5th floor is the home of the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, a gallery and space for exhibitions, collaborations and discussions by designers. Tokyo Midtown Medical Center is located on the 6th floor. This medical facility is the first Japan-based collaboration with Johns Hopkins University.[3] Unlike similar supertall skyscrapers in the area such as Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Midtown Tower's top 54th floor is not a visitors' observation deck. Instead, the floor houses building components and maintenance facilities.

Office tenants[edit]

Floors 7 to 44 are designated as commercial office space and house the offices of (among others):

Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo[edit]

Floors 45 to 53 are home to Japan's second Ritz-Carlton hotel – The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. This 248-room hotel offers many notable features including Japan’s most expensive Presidential Suite, available for $20,000 per night, and an authentic 200-year-old Japanese teahouse. Designed by renowned interior decorator Frank Nicholson, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo reflects classic European inspiration fused with contemporary accents. Four works measuring 8.1 meters in height by American painter Sam Francis appear in the building's lobby, that, along with the second and third floors, is utilized by the hotel.[4]

The Ritz-Carlton Suite, billed at US$26,300 per night, is listed at number 9 on World's 15 most expensive hotel suites complied by CNN Go in 2012.[5]

See also[edit]




References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mid-Town Tower". Mitsui Fudosan. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Tokyo Mid-town Project (tentative name)". Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. 2004-05-18. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Tokyo Midtown Medical Center". Tokyo Midtown. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  4. ^ "The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo Welcomes First Guests March 30; 248-Room Property Offers Strategic Roppongi Address In New Tokyo Midtown Development". The Ritz-Carlton. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Helen "World's 15 most expensive hotel suites" CNN Go. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-11

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Records
Preceded by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 1
Tallest building in Tokyo
248 m (814 ft)
2007–Present
Succeeded by
Present