Rinku Gate Tower Building
|Rinku Gate Tower Building|
Rinku Gate Tower Building
|Location||Izumisano, Osaka, Japan|
|Construction started||August 1992|
|Cost||JPY 66 billion|
|Owner||SiS International Holdings|
|Top floor||256 m (840 ft)|
|Floor area||102,900 m²|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Nikken Sekkei, Yasui Architects & Engineers|
The Rinku Gate Tower Building (りんくうゲートタワービル Rinkū Gēto Tawā Biru ) is a 256 metre (840 foot) tall skyscraper located in Rinku Town, Izumisano, Osaka, Japan. The 56-storey building was completed in August 1996 following the design of Nikken Sekkei and Yasui Architects & Engineers. It is currently the second tallest building in Japan after the Yokohama Landmark Tower. It will be the third-tallest building in Japan and second-tallest in Osaka Prefecture when the Abenobashi Terminal Building (Abeno Harukas) is completed in 2014.
The tower is split into three levels: the first level contains an international conference hall, the second level contains business offices, and the third and slimmer level is the Gate Tower Hotel. The hotel is in a convenient location for travellers, as it anchors the Sky Gate Bridge leading to the Kansai International Airport and is connected to the JR Hanwa Line and Nankai Main Line Rinku Town Station. The 26th floor serves as an observation level which gives views of the ocean, Sky Gate Bridge, and the Ferris wheel of Rinku Town. The building has two underground floors which are used as a 365-space car park.
The Rinku Gate Tower Building was conceived in the mid-1980s during the planning of Kansai International Airport. Originally, the plan was to build twin towers on the site which would form a "gate" facing the airport. By the time construction began in 1992, the Japanese asset price bubble had collapsed and the plan to build the second tower was scrapped.
During the building's first few years of operation, its office area was largely vacant given its distance from central Osaka and the under-utilization of the airport. In 1999, the government of Osaka Prefecture moved a number of functions into the building, including a passport office.
The building's hotel was originally part of the ANA Hotels chain as the ANA Gate Tower Hotel, and was operated by an affiliate of All Nippon Airways. The hotel operating company filed for liquidation in 2005, which caused its parent company, the building operator, to file for restructuring several months later. A group of investors led by Shinsei Bank and Kennedix purchased the building at the end of this process for 4.5 billion yen.
From 2005 to 2011, the ANA Gate Tower Hotel was managed by a company 90% owned by Osaka Prefecture. The company ran an operating deficit of 150 to 400 million yen per year and eventually became insolvent. Osaka governor Toru Hashimoto pushed to privatize the hotel, and in July 2011 management was transferred to Dancin' Diner, a Kansai region restaurant chain, with the hotel being renamed "Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport."
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