Tokyo Skytree, since opening its doors in 2012, is among the capitals of Tokyo’s most well-known attractions. The tower’s reputation as a popular destination that is known for its nighttime illuminations and the improvement of Sumida’s neighborhoods means it continues to attract more tourists.
Strong, slender, and soaring
TOKYO SKYTREE has a sleek, futuristic design that contrasts with the wide, triangular silhouette that residents often have to get used to. Today, however, its silhouette is part of the Tokyo skyline.
Over the decades, the skyscraper’s designers figured out that the entire structure could not be as large and monolithic as before. Therefore, they kept the entire structure fairly small. The base is triangular, with a maximum height of 70 meters on each side.
Skytree’s assets had to be projected equally over all floors to ensure beautiful television broadcasts and give guests a panoramic view of the city from observation areas. That is why designers came up with the concept of beginning with a round cross-section on the ground and gradually shifting it into a triangle in the stratosphere.
The towers’ shape has been motivated by both the tide of the iconic Japanese sword and the gently swelling pyramid-shaped monuments and buildings found in ancient Japanese temples.
The tower’s intricate body shape creates a quite different effect depending on the angle of the observer. From certain points, it appears symmetrical, assumes a relaxed position, or even looks slightly inclined. At first, peek, the edifice appears to be rather simple, but only on further inspection do its intricate details become apparent.
Vestiges abound of the Skytree’s problem, in which its construction exceeded its inherent site. Its architecture is woven as a platform for landscapes that run throughout history.
Get Along the Curve with this Leading-Edge Technology!
Tokyo Skytree is one of the first structures to use the shinbashira, or center pillar, technology for earthquake resistance, which will help protect against the delicate-looking structure. The center truss of the tower holds a steel-reinforced cylinder that contains the stairway and elevator.
The bottom of the cylinder is fixed firmly to the structure with steel plates. Though it is not included directly in the tower, the upper two-thirds are connected to it with dampers. When an earthquake causes horizontal shaking, the new column vibrates at a different frequency than the tower, counteracting and restoring the oscillation of the structure to its stable state.
The surreptitious shimbashira was tested following the Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, when the tower was still under construction. The earthquake’s steep effects were successfully mitigated and the tower was not injured.
With assistance from a colleague, two days later, workers first fastened a safety ladder to the uppermost spire pole and allowed the ropes to lengthen to its height of 634 meters. Nick Konishi, the structural engineer for the project at the Nikken Sekkei Company, states that after only 10 days, evident results have validated the venture.
The system possesses the capability to stand up to ground motions as well as substantial, brief seismic movements that can trigger an earthquake just beneath the Tokyo city center.
Dazzling new light displays brighten the night sky
One of the defining characteristics of Tokyo Skytree is its evening illumination. When the tower was constructed, it was virtually unprecedented for it to use LED lights like these at scale. Conventional light bulbs use filters to block ultraviolet light, which results in the loss of daylight and reduction of color over time.
LED light bulbs, unlike incandescent light bulbs, produce colors by adding various chemicals to white light, making their intensity more vibrant and their power expenses reduced by up to 40 percent.
The debut of the Tokyo Skytree was the catalyst for the development of LED lighting, which was then in its infancy and now the technology is widely used in architectural buildings.
LEDs are metabolized in various ways to produce different colors of light, and they consume around 40% less energy than incandescent or halogen lamps. The growing popularity of LED bulbs is reflected in the rapid progress experienced by this technology within the lighting industry and has created significant strain.
The norbi or orange running banner was added in 2017. The lighting equipment was upgraded to the latest version in 2020, as were the three different lighting state patterns, and now the LED light tower shines brighter than ever before in any area of the sky.
Ten years after the completion of the Tokyo Skytree, it continues to sustain the community surrounding it, even as it welcomes visitors to a great degree during the COVID-19 pandemic. TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN general public relations officer thanks local community members and TJ East Railway passengers for their support and affirms their help and support.
By making a solid contribution to the development of the neighborhood and integrating with it, your emulation proved to be the right choice. Some people claim that upon you visiting Tokyo Skytree once is enough, but new discoveries await you if you return. Walk around your own community and set out your own discoveries.
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