World's Tallest Tower Opens in Tokyo

Developers of the Tokyo Skytree expect more than 25 million visitors annually. The design & engineering firm has called it “a pinnacle of safety in earthquake-prone Japan.”

The 634-meter Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, opened on May 22. Observation decks are located at heights of 350 and 450 meters, equivalent to 1,148 feet and 1,476 feet, respectively. The higher deck is above the total height of the Empire State Building, which measures 1,454 feet including the antenna spire at its top.

It became Japan's tallest structure in March 2010 when it passed 338 meters.

Engineers and architects from the firm Nikken Sekkei Ltd who designed the tower, managed its construction, and designed its firefighting, HVAC, lighting, and plumbing systems discuss some of the challenges in short reports posted on the firm's website. The firm has described the tower as "a pinnacle of safety in earthquake-prone Japan owing to Nikken's rigorously developed wind- and seismic-resistant elements. The tower's vibration control system employs a central column -— a design used to stabilize the pagodas of traditional Japanese architecture. This system counters swaying set in motion by earthquake tremors and strong winds, ensuring a safe and reliable structure." After it opens, more than 25 million visitors to the site are expected annually.

A diagram of the two observation decks and information about buying tickets are available at the tower's innovative website.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together this page with critical information to help answer your key questions about OSHA recordkeeping.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We put together a guide that’s easy to digest so you can ensure you're complying with OSHA's training standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus