NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building

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NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building
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NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building,
the 2nd tallest clock tower in the world
General information
Location Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°41′3.7″N 139°42′11.7″E / 35.684361°N 139.703250°E / 35.684361; 139.703250Coordinates: 35°41′3.7″N 139°42′11.7″E / 35.684361°N 139.703250°E / 35.684361; 139.703250
Construction started 1997
Completed 2000
Opening September 2000
Height
Antenna spire 272 meters (892 ft)
Roof 240 meters (790 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27 above ground
3 below ground
Floor area 51,122 m2 (550,270 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Kajima Design

The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building (NTTドコモ代々木ビル NTT Docomo Yoyogi Biru?) is a skyscraper located in the Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan. At 240 metres (790 ft) tall, it is the third tallest building in Tokyo. After the installation of a clock in 2002, the building became the tallest clock tower in the world,[1][2] but was surpassed in 2011 by the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia.

Function[edit]

The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building is owned by the NTT Docomo group. Despite the building's name, it is not the head office for the company, whose headquarters are located in the top floors of the Sannō Park Tower. The building houses some offices, but is mainly used to house technical equipment (switching equipment, etc.) for the company's cellular telephone service.

To commemorate NTT Docomo's 10th anniversary, a 15-metre-diameter clock was put into operation in November 2002. The installation of this clock made the building the tallest clock tower in the world, surpassing the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, which had added a clock in 2000. The upper portion of the building also features colored lights that indicates if the weather forecast calls for rain on that day.[2][3]

Solar energy is partially used to power the building. A garbage separation system employed within the office helps to reduce waste and increase the recycling rate. The waste water is recycled for reuse, and rainwater is reused for the building's toilets.[2]

The building does not have any restaurants or other tourist attractions, tourists are not allowed into the building.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clock Tower". Amazines.com. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  3. ^ "NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07.