Midtown Tower

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Midtown Tower
ミッドタウンタワー
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Midtown Tower with Gardenside in the foreground
Midtown Tower
General information
Location9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato
Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°39′59″N139°43′54″E / 35.66639°N 139.73167°E / 35.66639; 139.73167 Coordinates: 35°39′59″N139°43′54″E / 35.66639°N 139.73167°E / 35.66639; 139.73167
Construction started2004
Completed2007
OpeningMarch 31, 2007
Owner Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd
Height
Roof248.1 meters (814 ft)
Technical details
Floor count54 above ground
5 below ground
Floor area246,408 m2 (2,652,310 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Structural engineer Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
Main contractor Takenaka Corporation
Taisei Corporation

Midtown Tower (ミッドタウンタワー, Middotaun tawā) is a mixed-use skyscraper in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo. Completed in 2007, it is the tallest of the six buildings within the Tokyo Midtown complex, at 248.1 meters (814 ft), and was the tallest office building in Tokyo until 2014.

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Construction

Located at the center of the Tokyo Midtown development, Midtown Tower is the tallest of the six buildings located within the complex. At 248.1 meters (814 ft), it was the tallest building in Tokyo from the completion of primary construction in January 2007 [1] until the completion of Toranomon Hills in 2014. Its official grand opening was on March 31, 2007, though the offices had been open since February. [1] The building was designed by Chicago-based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill with help from Nikken Sekkei Ltd. and built by the Takenaka and Taisei Corporations. [2]

Facilities

As a mixed-use facility, Midtown Tower's 54 floors are utilized in different ways. Several conference rooms occupy the entirety of the 4th floor. The 5th floor is the home of the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, a gallery and space for exhibitions, collaborations and discussions by designers. Tokyo Midtown Medical Center is located on the 6th floor. This medical facility is the first Japan-based collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. [3] Unlike similar supertall skyscrapers in the area such as Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Midtown Tower's top 54th floor is not a visitors' observation deck. Instead, the floor houses building components and maintenance facilities.

Office tenants

Floors 7 to 44 are designated as commercial office space and house the offices of (among others):[ citation needed ]

Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Floors 45 to 53 are home to Japan's second Ritz-Carlton hotel the 247-room Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. The hotel offers many notable features including Japan’s most expensive Presidential Suite, available for $20,000 per night, and an "authentic" 200-year-old Japanese teahouse. Four works measuring 8.1 meters in height by American painter Sam Francis appear in the building's lobby, that, along with the second and third floors, is utilized by the hotel. [4]

The Ritz-Carlton Suite, billed at US$26,300 per night, was listed at number 9 on World's 15 most expensive hotel suites compiled by CNN Go in 2012. [5]


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References

  1. 1 2 "Mid-Town Tower". Mitsui Fudosan . Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  2. "Tokyo Mid-town Project (tentative name)". Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. 2004-05-18. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  3. "Tokyo Midtown Medical Center". Tokyo Midtown. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  4. "The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo Welcomes First Guests March 30; 248-Room Property Offers Strategic Roppongi Address In New Tokyo Midtown Development". The Ritz-Carlton. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  5. Arnold, Helen "World's 15 most expensive hotel suites" Archived 2012-11-02 at the Wayback Machine CNN Go. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-11
Records
Preceded by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 1
Tallest building in Tokyo
248 m (814 ft)
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Toranomon Hills