Shinjuku Mitsui Building

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Shinjuku Mitsui Building
Shinjuku Mitsui Building 2009 02.jpg
Shinjuku Mitsui Building at sunset
General information
Type Office
Location Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°41′31″N 139°41′38″E / 35.691898°N 139.693903°E / 35.691898; 139.693903Coordinates: 35°41′31″N 139°41′38″E / 35.691898°N 139.693903°E / 35.691898; 139.693903
Construction started 1972
Completed 1974
Opening September 1974
Owner Mitsui Fudosan
Height
Architectural 224.9 m (738 ft)
Roof 212.1 m (696 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 55
Floor area 176,671 m2 (1,901,670 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Nihon Sekkei
Developer Mitsui Fudosan
Structural engineer Kiyoshi Mutō

The Shinjuku Mitsui Building (新宿三井ビル Shinjuku Mitsui Biru?) is a high-rise building in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo. It is owned by Mitsui Fudosan. It is the one the 10 tallest buildings in Tokyo, and was the tallest building in Tokyo and Japan from September 1974 until March 1978, when Sunshine 60 was completed.[1]

It was built in the style of high-rise buildings that were being built in the USA in the 1970s. It is notable for the black diagonal braces on its east and west facades. At the base of the skyscraper is a sunken garden and a surprisingly large plaza. In addition to the sunken garden, there is also a roof-top garden.

With its black facades, Shinjuku Mitsui Building stands out among the skyscrapers in Shinjuku. It is located next to the Shinjuku Center Building, which is two meters lower but appears to be taller because its first floor is located on higher ground.

Structure[edit]

The building's height is 212 meters to the top of the roof, and 225 meters to the architectural top. Its entrance lobby is on the second floor. The X-shaped steel braces on the side of the building serve as seismic reinforcement and also as braces for the doors of the machine rooms at each end of every floor. The doors are 4–5 floors tall, for replacement of equipment such as air-conditioners. As in the older Keio Plaza Hotel, some fire escape exits are exposed outside the building to prevent smoke from accumulating in the case of fire.

Tenants[edit]

Capcom has its Tokyo offices in the building.[2]

The top 55th floor was formerly occupied by a Chinese restaurant called the Mandarin Palace, but now it houses tenant offices. The 54th floor has a restaurant and a club called "Shinjuku Mitsui Club" for current and former employees of the Mitsui Group and their relatives. There is no observation deck open to the public.

Other floors occupied by tenant office space, except for the B1 to 5th floors, which house banks, restaurants, dental offices, and so on.

Access[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shinjuku Mitsui Building". Skyscraper Source Media. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Locations." Capcom. Retrieved on August 12, 2011. "Shinjuku Mitsui Building 2-1-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo"


Records
Preceded by
Shinjuku Sumitomo Building
Tallest building in Japan
225 m (738 ft)
1974–1978
Succeeded by
Sunshine 60
Tallest building in Tokyo
225 m (738 ft)
1974–1978