Tokyo Sky Tree Tower: World’s Tallest Broadcast Tower Designed by Tadao Ando and Kiichi Sumikawa

By on Mar 1, 2011 in Asia, Current Events Comments
Kyodo, Tokyo Sky Tree Tower
Designed Tadao Ando and Kiichi Sumikawa

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Tadao Ando, a Japanese award-winning architect, and sculptor Kiichi Sumikawa designed the Kyodo Tokyo Sky Tree Tower in Japan which its owners claims to be the world’s tallest broadcast tower.

The freestanding Tokyo Sky Tree transmission tower project, located in Tokyo‘s Sumida district, is expected to be completed before the end of 2011, according to reports.

Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co. spokesman Hirotake Takanashi said that the tower’s height now stands at 1,971 feet (601 meters), making it higher than the Canton broadcast tower in the southwester City of Guangzhou in China with a height of 1,968 feet (600 meters).

The new structure will replace a 1958 Tokyo Tower with a height of 1,090-feet and has attracted about 3 million tourists annually. Upon completion, the tower’s height will shoot up to 2,080 feet (634 meters). According to Takanashi, the remaining 30 meters of the structure involves the installation of a digital antenna that makes it more difficult.

The construction of the Tokyo Sky Tree project is a joint undertaking by Japan‘s six top broadcasters. The tower aims to improve television and radio transmissions in Tokyo and make it a new tourist destination with its shops, restaurants and other entertainment.

Tokyo Sky Tree tower stands on a triangular foundation with a cylindrical body. It has a bluish silver color that blends into the sky.

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