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 nineteenth-tallest[1] building in Osaka Prefecture, 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.[2] It is located in Kita-ku.

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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)[3] building was designed by Hiroshi Hara[citation needed]. It was constructed by Takenaka Corporation[citation needed] and was completed in 1993.[4]

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.[5][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.[6]

Tenants[edit]

Mazda has an office in the Umeda Sky Building Tower East.[7] The Consulate-General of Germany in Osaka is located on the thirty-fifth floor of the Umeda Sky Building Tower East.[8] AstraZeneca have their Japanese and Asia-Pacific headquarters in the East Tower.[citation needed] Platinum Games is also located in the building.[9]

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