dominique perrault: fukoku tower
dominique perrault: fukoku tower
feb 11, 2011

dominique perrault: fukoku tower

‘fukoku tower’ by dominique perrault in osaka japan all images courtesy dominique perrault architectureimage © shimizu / DPA / ADAGP

paris-based dominique perrault architecture has completed ‘fukoku tower’, a 32-storey office complex in the heard of osaka, japan. situated on a corner near the city’s main train station, the design applies an identifiable yet subtle architectural language to define itself as a physical marker in the urban landscape.

dominique perrault: fukoku tower broken facade treatment image © shimizu / DPA / adagp

influenced by the organic characteristics of a large tree, the tower draws elements from nature and incorporates them to the form and facade of the tower: at the base, the regular orthogonal glass facade references ‘wood chips’ with random cells pulled out and skewed out at an angle. from a distance, this treatment resembles a pixelated growth or ‘peeling off’ of barks. as the facade reaches the top, it gradually gives way to a sleek wall. the lower levels extend out to the plaza level by level, resulting in a gently tapering profile, much like that of an old and established tree trunk.

dominique perrault: fukoku tower detail image © shimizu / DPA / ADAGPdominique perrault: fukoku tower tapered base images © DPA / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower looking into the ground floor lobby image © DPA / adagp

dominique perrault: fukoku tower overall view in context image © DPA / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower rendered view of plaza image © DPA / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower rendered night view image © DPA / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower sketch of design image © dominique perrault  / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower image © dominique perrault  / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower floor plan image © DPA / ADAGP

dominique perrault: fukoku tower section image © DPA / ADAGP

project info:

architect: dominique perrault architecture, paris, france associated architect: shimizu corporation architects & engineers engineering: shimizu corporation architects & engineers consultant: mitsubishi estate group

site area: 3,900 m2 built area: 68,500 m2 (including car park) maximum height: 133 m – 32 floors: 28 floors on surface, 4 basement levels office space: 30,000 m2 car park: 4,080 m2 university laboratories: 3,400 m2 commercial area: 4,930 m2 office lobby: 950 m2

  • A skyscraper designed to person scale, not for see it from the sky. I like it!

    sakul says:
  • pretty cool

    dbkii says:
  • ‘influenced by the organic characteristics of a large tree…’. Let’s hope it doesn’t shed its glass in the winter time.

    JAH says:
  • another intl style building? come on! We were done with those 50 years ago!

    jose ignacio says:
  • gorgeous.

    the perpetual kid says:
  • POOR!

    mga says:
  • It’s nice to have a skyscraper that works at street level. It’s the most important thing, in fact. But the plans are extremely boring and it neglects the skyline view.

    So it does what’s difficult very well and the rest not so well…

    angry catalan says:

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