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1988 – 1991

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Civic

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東京都新宿区西新宿2丁目8-1
Tokyo
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Tochō

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Article last edited by adele on
March 22nd, 2011

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Change this

Tokyo, Japan
by Kenzo Tange Change this
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Finished in 1991, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, also referred to as Tokyo City Hall or Tochō for short, houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole. The building consists of a complex of three structures, each taking up a city block. The tallest and most prominent of the three is Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, a tower 48 stories tall that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor. The building also has three levels below ground. The design of the building meant to resemble a computer chip by architect Kenzo Tange (and associates), has many symbolic touches, most notably the aforementioned split which re-creates the look of a Gothic cathedral.

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