Japan’s Tallest Building Opens in Osaka, by Bloomberg News

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Release Date: March 2014
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Japan’s tallest building opened earlier this month (March 7) in Osaka, home to Asia’s third-biggest metropolitan economy, according to a March article by Chris Cooper, “Osaka Tests Dominance With Japan’s Tallest Skyscraper,” in Bloomberg News. It took Kintetsu Corp., an Osaka-based railway operator, four years and 130 billion yen ($1.3 billion) to construct the 984-foot-high Abeno Harukas skyscraper, which surpasses the 971-foot-high Landmark Tower in Yokohama, about 20 miles south of Tokyo.

The new 60-floor, more than 3.2 million-square-foot complex includes a Marriott hotel, approximately 646,000 square feet of office space, an art museum, a department store and an observatory. Underneath are five basements, an underground train station, and only 180 parking spaces.

The tower takes its name from Abeno, the area in which it is located, and Harukas, an old Japanese expression that means “to brighten, to clear up.” Its exterior design was overseen by Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli architects, who also designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.