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Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault

  • Architects: Dominique Perrault
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Associated Architect: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
  • Engineering: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
  • Client: Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Development Director: Mitsubishi Estate Group
  • Site Area: 3.900 sqm
  • Built Area: 68.500 sqm (including car park)
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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From the architect. This tower project for the Fukoku insurance company takes inspiration from the profile of a gigantic tree whose roots proliferate on the surface of the ground. Splayed at its base, the tower’s outline tapers elegantly as it rises, gracing the city’s skyline with a vertical asymptote. The contrast between the structure’s base and upper regions is accentuated by the treatment of the building’s “bark”.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Broad “wood chips” on the lower levels gradually give way to a sleek wall. The glass facade is worked into a crescendo of encrusted mirrors at the base, reflecting the colors of the sky and the surrounding environment. Situated at the exit of Osaka’s main train station, the building will become a lasting landmark in the urban landscape.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
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