Skyscrapers

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  1. Tokyo Slim

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    Roppongi Hills Mori is impressive, although a little bulbous for my tastes.
    Is that some kind of park on the bottom of your photo from the upper floor, Slim?

    JB


    Admittedly not my picture, the third pic is the only one I took myself, the first two are googled.

    I believe the "park" in question is Aoyama Cemetery Park, If you look closely you can see the gravestones. A long time ago, the city was considering moving the cemetary,
    since it occupies hundreds of millions of dollars of metropolitan real-estate, but instead of doing that, they made it into a park with public trails, cherry blossoms, and gardens. Some of Japan's most famous politicians, poets, and artists. This is one of the preferred spots to view cherry blossoms in the spring, whilst strolling amongst the memorial sculptures, mausoleums, gravestones, and shrines. Vendors often set up rows of food stalls in the spring, and Dominos pizza will deliver straight into the park.

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  2. Tokyo Slim

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    Kent, in response to your egg and durian shaped buildings, I present to you a building I photoed from the Fuji TV building in Odaiba. [​IMG]
     


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    View from 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills

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    Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills
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    Mori Tower from the base
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    Suprisingly, Japan does not have any outstanding skyscrapers. The Landmark Tower and Roppongi Mori Bldg are nice, but compared to the skyline of a city like Hong Kong, they just seem like another building.

    I was hoping they would build more unique skyscrapers behind the Landmark and Queens Towers, but unfortunately a bunch of boring apartment building are being built one after another, making another boring Japanese skyline.
     


  4. Kent Wang

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    The Emporis profile has some tidbits about 80 South St:
    It's interesting how much feng shui has an impact on Southeast Asian architecture (including the superstitious Hong Kongers, but not the Mainland). The BOC Tower is seen as blade bearing down on its neighbor, the HSBC Tower -- which I rather dislike anyway. [​IMG] Another fine Hong Kong tower is Jardine House: [​IMG]
     


  5. Tokyo Slim

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    Suprisingly, Japan does not have any outstanding skyscrapers. The Landmark Tower and Roppongi Mori Bldg are nice, but compared to the skyline of a city like Hong Kong, they just seem like another building. I was hoping they would build more unique skyscrapers behind the Landmark and Queens Towers, but unfortunately a bunch of boring apartment building are being built one after another, making another boring Japanese skyline.
    [​IMG] In all honesty I think that Tokyo is a beautiful city... it is the ultimate excecise in controlled architectural chaos. It has an organic, living nature that no other city I've ever been to can duplicate. The seeming lack of city planning, the unstable nature of the ground, history of natural and man made disasters, and its affect on the architectural ethos of the city, the incredible density, and the decentralized nature of the metro area are (in my experience) unique in a city of its scale. Its never going to be known for its excessively tall buildings, but if that is your sole definition of a beautiful skyline, I think you are missing out. The Tokyo skyline is not defined by a few large buildings, it's defined by a carpet of buildings that stretches out as far as the eye can see, creating its own artifical topographic features. There are thousands of unique and beautiful examples of architecture hidden in this panorama of concrete and steel, but if all you look at is the tallest buildings, you'll never see them. More breathtaking google pics from someone named "rasterman". [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    Dragon Senior member

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    [​IMG] What is that? a love hotel?

    Actually, I prefer it to the boring, cheap buildings surrounding it that are very typical of most of Tokyo and other large cities in Japan.
     


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    Seriously, Slim, do you know what that building is? Looks like the North Korean hideaway in Tokyo or something.

    Thanks for the info about the park as well, very interesting. I'll be sure to stop there when I travel over there next year.

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    Seriously, Slim, do you know what that building is? Looks like the North Korean hideaway in Tokyo or something. Thanks for the info about the park as well, very interesting. I'll be sure to stop there when I travel over there next year. JB
    Actually as far as I can tell, this building is just a regular office/residential type building in Omiya-ku, Saitama - about 25km north of Tokyo proper, but still within the "Greater Tokyo Area".
     


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    In all honesty I think that Tokyo is a beautiful city... it is the ultimate excecise in controlled architectural chaos. It has an organic, living nature that no other city I've ever been to can duplicate. The seeming lack of city planning, the unstable nature of the ground, history of natural and man made disasters, and its affect on the architectural ethos of the city, the incredible density, and the decentralized nature of the metro area are (in my experience) unique in a city of its scale.

    Its never going to be known for its excessively tall buildings, but if that is your sole definition of a beautiful skyline, I think you are missing out. The Tokyo skyline is not defined by a few large buildings, it's defined by a carpet of buildings that stretches out as far as the eye can see, creating its own artifical topographic features. There are thousands of unique and beautiful examples of architecture hidden in this panorama of concrete and steel, but if all you look at is the tallest buildings, you'll never see them.


    I agree, Tokyo is a unique and exciting city, but I don`t think it is beautiful.

    Maybe I`m just bored of seeing the same type of buildings lined up in front of every train station. There are some nice unique buildings within the city, but the other 99% are really boring and look cheap considering the amount of money that flows throughout the city.
     


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    Jettie,

    You seem to have a fixation about phallic symbols ....
     


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    Looked more like a missile to me.

    JB
     


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    The Emporis profile has some tidbits about 80 South St:



    It's interesting how much feng shui has an impact on Southeast Asian architecture (including the superstitious Hong Kongers, but not the Mainland). The BOC Tower is seen as blade bearing down on its neighbor, the HSBC Tower -- which I rather dislike anyway.


    I believe there to be another version of the BOC tower design. The tower sits on the former site of the Murry House, which housed an dungeon where prisoners were tortured and put to death, in the old colonial times. As such, it is believed that many restless spirits wander at the location and the BOC tower is shaped like a blade to keep evil in check.

    I have spent many days and nights at the BOC tower working for a client and the experience is definately not very pleasant. The tower, while still looking very modern (a credit to Pei for sure), is quite outdated inside.
     


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    How about a thread on your favorite skyscrapers?

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    Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo

    JB



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    Man, there are some ugly-ass buildings in this thread. It seems that the common theme for all of these buildings, other than the one I posted, the Turning Tower and somewhat the Seattle Public Library, is a complete lack of restraint. They all look like an architect trying to build a monument to himself rather than rigorously planning out a beautiful structure. I see nothing attractive in any of these buildings other than the ones I mentioned.

    Lucky Strike's would have been cool...
     


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    The seattle public library is hardly a skyscraper though, so regardless of how awesome it is (the inside is the focus, not the outside) it doesn't really belong in this thread in comparison to these other towers.
     


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