© Kawasumi
© Kawasumi
© Kawasumi
© H.G.Esch
© H.G.Esch
© Kawasumi
© H.G.Esch

Breezé Tower

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Location
Year
2008

The Sankei Building Corporation, the client for this 177-metre tall high-rise building, is a subsidiary of the Fuji Broadcasting Company of Japan. The building on National Road No. 2 in the Umeda business district of Osaka replaces a building from the 1950s.

The floor plan allows for a highly flexible usage. A nine-storey podium, with a large concert and event hall for 960 people, restaurants and conference rooms, along with a shopping mall, creates an important new pedestrian connection in Umeda.

The Breezé Tower is the first environmentally-friendly skyscraper in Japan with a double-skin glass façade that allows for natural ventilation of the interiors. Qualified as “S-Class“ according to the Japanese CASBEE system, the Breezé Tower has received the highest possible rating for ecological architecture in Japan.

Built
International competition 2004, 1st prize
Execution 2005-2008
GFA 76.000 m²

Green Building
Casbee S class

Client
Sankei Building Corporation

Architect
ingenhoven architects, Düsseldorf
Team: Christoph Ingenhoven, Martin Reuter, Ben Dieckmann, Brian Coffman, Darko Cvetuljski, Ralf Dorsch-Rüter, Androniki Farantouri, Maren Holz, Jutta Mengede, Dirk Monson, Kirstin Opitz, Peter Pistorius, Jürgen Schreyer, Takeshi Semba, Meri Takeda, Maximo Victoria

Structural Engineering
Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei, Tokyo

Facade Consultant
DS-Plan GmbH, Stuttgart

Building Services
Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei, Tokyo

Lighting Artificial- and Daylight
Motoko Ishii, Tokyo

Photography
H.G. Esch; Kawasumi

Awards
The International Highrise Award 2010 – nominated
CTBUH Awards 2009 – nominated

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