|Kenzo Tange - Japan
Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo
3-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
The Shinjuku Park Tower, designed by Kenzo Tange, is one of the tallest buildings in the Tokyo city district of Shinjuku. When the 52-storey complex
was inaugurated in 1994, it was even the second tallest building in Tokyo. The complex consists of three vertical towers with increasing heights and a slight offset.
Together with the star shaped tops of the towers, this arrangement results in a very distinctive silhouette. Thanks to this layout, the building is one of the most
recognizable skyscrapers in Tokyo. The building became famous as part of the successfull movie "Lost in Translation" (2004).
The positioning of the towers tries to avoid casting shadow over the nearby park and to reduce exposure to wind.
The top thirteen floors are occupied by the Hyatt Hotel, which takes advantage of the wonderful views over the metropolis. The remaining 38 floors
house a variety of different functions such as offices, a clinic, restaurants and conference rooms. The hotel lobby is located on the 41st floor.
As in every major hotel in Japan, there is a wedding chapel - it is prominently located on the 30th floor. The facades of the Shinjuku Park Tower
are similar to those of the nearby City Hall, which is designed by Kenzo Tange as well.