Umeda Sky Building

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Coordinates: 34°42′19″N 135°29′23″E / 34.70528°N 135.48972°E / 34.70528; 135.48972

Umeda Sky Building in Osaka
View looking up

The Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル Umeda Sukai Biru?) is the eighteenth-tallest[citation needed] building in Osaka, Japan, and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center.[1] It is located in Kita-ku.

Summary[edit]

Located in the Umeda district of Kita-ku, the building was originally conceived in 1988 as the "City of Air" project, which planned to create four interconnected towers in northern Osaka.[citation needed] Eventually, practical considerations brought the number of towers down to two.

The 173 m (568 ft)[2] building was designed by Hiroshi Hara[citation needed]. It was constructed by Takenaka Corporation[citation needed] and was completed in 1993.[3]

The building features a rooftop observatory, The Floating Garden Observatory, as well as an underground market that attempts to recreate the atmosphere of Osaka in the early 20th century.[4][unreliable source] At the base of the towers is an urban garden with walking trails and water features.[citation needed]

Ownership[edit]

The building was mainly owned by Toshiba Corporation through Toshiba Building Co., Ltd. In July 2008, Toshiba sold a majority stake (65%) in Toshiba Building to Nomura Real Estate co. but maintains a 35% ownership.[5]

Tenants[edit]

Mazda has an office in the Umeda Sky Building Tower East.[6] The Consulate-General of Germany in Osaka is located on the thirty-fifth floor of the Umeda Sky Building Tower East.[7] AstraZeneca have their Japanese and Asia-Pacific headquarters in the East Tower.[citation needed] Platinum Games is also located in the building.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Umeda Sky Building". GoJapanGo. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Umeda Sky Building". Japan Guide. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Outline of Shin Umeda City". Sky Building. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Umeda Sky Building: The Floating Garden Observatory". Virtual Tourist. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  5. ^ Nomura Real Estate Holdings, Inc. and Toshiba Corporation to Establish Alliance in Real Estate Business through Sale of Majority Ownership of Toshiba Building Co., Ltd.
  6. ^ "Offices." Mazda. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  7. ^ "List of Consulates in Kansai Area." Creation Core Higashi Osaka. Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  8. ^ "Inside Platinum Games: we chart the history and future of the studio behind Bayonetta." Retrieved on October 19, 2014.

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