|Mori Tower and Mall Entrance|
This was the largest urban redevelopment project done in Japan. Constructed by building tycoon Minoru Mori, the mega-complex incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheater, and a few parks. The centerpiece is the 54-story Mori Tower. Mori's stated vision was to build an integrated development where high-rise inner-urban communities allow people to live, work, play, and shop in proximity to eliminate commuting time. He argued that this would increase leisure time, quality of life, and benefit Japan's national competitiveness. From Wikipedia.
The Mori Tower is a 54-story mixed-use skyscraper completed in 2003 that is named after builder Minoru Mori and is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills. It is currently the fifth-tallest building in Tokyo at 238 meters (781 ft). The building is primarily used for office space, but it also includes retail stores, restaurants and other tourist attractions. The Mori Art Museum is located on the 53rd floor and visitors can view the city from observation decks on the 52nd and 54th floors. The headquarters of Mori Building Company are located in this building. Visitors are provided with views of the city at Tokyo City View on the 52nd floor and an open-air roof deck on the 54th floor. From Wikipedia
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Before I made it to Tokyo for the first time I had seen these wonderful night pictures of the Mori Tower with the Spider at the base. The tower itself changes colour at night like many of the buildings in Hong Kong and it is very pretty. Combined with the scary spider statue it looked like something I wanted to see in person. The spider is one of many famous spider sculptures "Maman" by Louise Bourgeois. These spider statues are strategically taking over the world as they are in numerous cities!
|Maman (the spider) and Mori Tower|
|City View Observation Deck|
Official Roppongi Hills Site: http://www.roppongihills.com/en/
Official Mori Art Museum Site: http://www.mori.art.museum/html/eng/index.html
Tokyo City View Observation Deck Site: http://www.roppongihills.com/tcv/en/