Buildings in Odaiba completed before 1995: Fuji Television
Kenzo Tange Associates designed the building with the concept of future and integration. It was designed with innovation in both its architecture and its interior use, housing television studios with leading technology in broadcasting. It adds to the dynamic skyline of Tokyo which quickly captured the attention of the visitors. This building became the pioneer among the futuristic buildings that come later in that area.
The building has 25 floors and two basements. Together it measures 123.45 meters in height and its surface area amounts to 142,800 square meters. Compared to the last headquarter-building of the company, which was a conventional four-sided block, this project spoke of character and ambition.
It was important to compose workplace, meeting areas and brainstorm opportunities in designing this building. The architect designed the corridors to be 4.8 meters wide, which is suitable for transit, spontaneous chat and discussion of ideas. The building emphasizes open spaces to show the concept of openness and frankness that Fuji TV company wanted to project as its image.
Kajima’s engineers used the system, mast columns, which consists of four steel columns grouped as a symbol of the consolidation of the companies within this media, a conglomerate relying on others. Also, the hallways that connect the towers help the overall stability and provide resistance to earthquakes.
The outer surface of the observatory is resistant to titanium salt air environments. It has a glossy finish, reflective and coloured crisp. For the building facades of the aluminium curtain wall was used to show the transparent and open to the public image and the new ideas that the company wanted to portray.
Fadzli Zubi, “Designing for a New Urban Image: Odaiba Waterfront City, Tokyo”, Thinking Spaces for Making Places, (The University of Tokyo,2007), 1-10.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Development and Redevelopment of Urban Areas, (TMG, 2013), 69-103.