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
Night view from Umeda Sky Building
Dusk view from Umeda Sky Building

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 Umeda district of Kita-ku, Osaka.

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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, the Japan economic bubble of the 1980s burst and 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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