This urban area will never be the same again. People will meet under the interrupted tower, by the breaking glass, watching the facade fly away.
The link between Perrault’s design and the territory, underlined by an exhibition at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery entitled “Urban Landscape”, can also be seen if we note the importance the project attributes to the study of the conformation of buildings in the area, primarily underground. Thus Fukoku Tower has its focus in the 3 underground levels: a shopping centre, with a big botanical garden at ground level which may in turn be recalled by passersby and tourists as a distinctive sign of the building and the place. Perrault’s signature metal grid supporting the glass surface dominates here, as in the National Library of France, the project that made him world-famous, or in Seoul Women’s University, completed in 2008.
by Mara Corradi
Design: Dominique Perrault Architecture, Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Client: Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
Location: 2-4, Komatsubara, Kita-ku, Osaka (Japan)
Technical supervision: Mitsubishi Estate Group
Gross usable surface area: 68500 m2
Lot size: 3900 m2
Project start date: 2007
Completion of work: 2010
Metal and glass facades
Photographs: © DPA/ADAGP, © Shimizu