1990 – NEC Super Tower – Nikken Sekkei

1990 - NEC Super Tower - Nikken Sekkei

The 43-story head office is the first of what Nikken calls its “third generation” high-rise buildings, wherein design cosiderations include a substantial concern for the enviroment. In these Nikken buildings such concerns significantly shape the structural system an the overall form. Housing the headquarters of the well-known Japanese electronics giant, the building, as it soars upward, becomes narrower by two setbacks. The resulting shape ensures longer hours of sunshine to the surrounding area.

The designers also took advantage of the relatively generous site and surrounded the building with a “forest” of planted trees and greenery. Moreover, recognizing that high-rise structures create considerable wind turbulence at street level, the architects designed a large urban window: the building is pierced by a 42 meter wide and 15 meter high opening above the twelfth floor, after which the structure narrows. This solution could only be achieved with a large-span structural system. The super frame, applying box-like super columns and truss beams at every tenth level, concentrates the vertical load of the structure at its two shorter sides, wherein the vertical circulation, elevators and stairways, is also arranged.

This structural system, along with de “urban window”, allowed for the inclusion of a large atrium within the lower section of the building: this 45 meter high and 30 meter square atrium is outfitted with a same-size, crystalline skylight. In good weather teh skylight can be rolled away, opening the space below, which is protected in case of rain by the upper section.


Name: NEC Super Tower │Type: Commercial / Office│Architect: Nikken Sekkei │Completed: 1990

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1971 – Pola Home Offices – Nikken Sekkei

The Pola Home Offices building achieves a synthesis between structural design and architectural and spatial articulation. In between two stair-and-elevator cores at the ends, large, story-high girders are spanned providing a solution wherebythe space of the lobby could be freed from intermediary columns. The lobby seems to expand beyond its physical limits and to be defined by the train embankment in front and the equally sloping and planted roof at the back.


Name: Pola Home Offices│Type: Office│Architect: Nikken Sekkei │Completed: 1971

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1966 – Palace Side Building – Nikken Sekkei

The building, facing the Imperial Palace, was at the time of its completion one of the largest commercial complexes in Tokyo. At street level there is a two-story shopping arcade linked to the streets around. The two cylindrical shafts, reminiscent of numerous Metabolist designs, feature stairways and elevators along with their lobbies. Particularly noteworthy is the mode in which the elevations are articulated with delicately designed metallic louvers as wel as drainpipes and spandrels. Such craftsmanship lends this impressive building an aesthetic quality that is akin to traditional solutions of high-level artistry.


Name: Palace Side Building│Type: Office / Commercial│Architect: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.│Completed: 1966

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