GATE TOWER BUILDING
Where: Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan
Year of completion : 1992
Architect: Azusa Sekkei, Yamamoto-Nishihara Kenchiku Sekkei Jimusho
Main contractor : Sato Kogyo Co. Ltd.
The Gate Tower Building is Japan’s first building to have a highway pass through it. Normally, highways are still built on ground or elevated, and passing through a building is an extremely rare occurrence. The property rights holders refused to give up the land for highway authotiry, and negotiated with the Hanshin Expressway corporation for approximately five years to reach the current solution
Gate Tower Building is a 16-story office building with the highway passing through the 5th -7th floors of this building. The highway is a part of the Hanshin Expressway, a network of expressways surrounding Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, Japan. The highway is surrounded by a structure to protect the building from noise and vibration. The roof has a helipad.
The Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway system passes through this building. The elevator doesn't stop on floor 5th-7th, floor 4 being followed by floor 8. The highway passes through the building as a bridge, held up by supports next to the building making no contact with the building itself.
Let’s meet next month with new structure!!!