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Tokio Marine Osaka Building

1990 / Osaka

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The building was planned at a Osaka Business Park nearby Osaka Castle.This 27 storied building was built as a second headquarter building of an insurance company. The concept of this building is to echo the abstractionism of the traditional Japanese architecture represented in large scale wooden building structures. The use of four sets of dark gray aluminum columns and beams enabled the wide span which creates the abstract grid pattern. The natural sunlight creates an unexpected shadow together with the reflection of the half mirror glass. This grid structural system made the 12m high lobby loung possible.There Frank Stella artwork is admired by the public.

Building Contractor Society Design Award (1992)
12th Japan Light Metal Assoc. Design Award (1992)
Osaka City Landscape Design Award (1993)