Takenaka Corporation

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Takenaka Corporation
Private K.K.
Industry Construction, Architecture, Engineering
Founded Nagoya, Japan (1610)
Headquarters Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan
Key people
Toichi Takenaka, President and CEO
Revenue US$9 billion (2005)
Number of employees
7,743 (2005)
Website takenaka.co.jp/takenaka_e/index.html
Mido Building, head office of Takenaka Corp. in Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan

Takenaka Corporation (株式会社竹中工務店 Kabushiki-gaisha Takenaka Kōmuten?) is one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan. Its headquarters is in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture.[1]

The company's website also claims it to be the oldest firm of that type anywhere in the world,[2] since the demise of Kongō Gumi which was substantially older.[3] Both company originate from family of architect-carpenter (Miyadaiku).

In 1610 Tobei Masataka Takenaka (竹中 藤兵衛正高), a shrine and temple carpenter, started a business in Nagoya. The business went on like a family business and built some of the first Western-style buildings during the last half of 19th century, most of them in Nagoya. In 1899 Toemon Takenaka (竹中 藤右衛門), 14th generation descendant of the original founder, established a branch office in Kobe and founded Takenaka Corporation as an official company.

The company grew more and more during the 20th century, its capital in 1909 was about ¥100.000, ¥6 million in 1938, ¥1.5 billion in 1959 and ¥50 billion in 1979; nowadays, Takenaka Corporation is a multinational company with offices in 18 different countries. Its president is Toichi Takenaka (竹中 統一) (June 2004).

The company is now regarded in Japan as one of the "Big Five" contractors ranked with Kajima, Obayashi, Shimizu and Taisei, and has a long history of designing buildings. The firm has built some of the most important buildings in Japan, including the Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Dome (the first large-scale stadium with air-supported membrane roof in Japan), the Fukuoka Dome (Japan's first large-scale stadium with retractable roof), and the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel among others.

Among its proposals is the Sky City 1000 project.

It reconstructed the Suzakumon in Nara.[4]

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