Tokyo Skytree Tower Meets Press
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tokyo- (PanOrinet News)
Tokyo Skytree, the world’s second highest tower, was shown to the media for the first time before officially opening to the public on May 22.
The height of Tokyo Skytree is 634m, and according to its builders, the highest in Japan and the second highest in the world following Burj Khalifa(828m) in Dubai. It is said to have the distinction of being the highest telecommunications tower in the world. Sho Toyoshima, a member of public relations and promotion division of Tokyo Skytree, told PanOrient News that "Tokyo Skytree is so high that it can transmit radio waves without interference from the 200 meter-class buildings" surrounding the area.
Toyoshima in his statement said, "We expect that a Magnitude 7-class earthquake could occur just under this tower. Skytree can withstand all the earthquakes that have so far occurred in Japan, and will not lose its function as a radio tower".
The tower was designed along the style of a traditional 5-story pagoda and has earthquake protection from reinforced-concrete central pillars which make each floor independent. They were built to compensate for the shaking of the steel frames of the tower thus reducing the size of the shock.
Capacity has been estimated as a daily maximum of 20,000 visitors. TEMBO Deck is 350m above the ground and the Tembo Galleria where visitors can shop or enjoy a cup of tea at the café whilst enjoying a panoramic view of Tokyo, is 450 feet above ground.
A relaxing ambiance has been created with background music that adapts to atmospheric conditions according to the weather and temperature. Visitors can also enjoy a grill at a teppanyaki restaurant or buy a souvenir or chocolate from the gift shop.
For those visitors who do not suffer from vertigo, they can look straight down to the ground as part of the floor is made of glass. And for the more nervous visitor, there is an emergency staircase said to have 2,523 steps.
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