Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault

© Daici Ano / DPA / Adagp

Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: 2-4, Komatsubara, Kita-ku, Osaka,
Client: Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
Associated Architect: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Engineering: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Development Director: Mitsubishi Estate Group
Site Area: 3,900 sqm
Built Area: 68,500 sqm (including car park)
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

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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 / DPA / Adagp

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.

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Cite: "Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault" 05 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=223237>
  • (competent) Allan

    I find it excellent. Good materials, good exterior etc.

  • Christophe

    I find it a bore !
    This is just a mies with randomize effects… no great idea…

  • (competent) Allan

    Still find it excellent!

  • Wu Ziyelong

    exciting!!!