Time and again we have mentioned about the tallest buildings and towers housing apartments, hotels, offices, shopping malls, …but this one steals the show as the World’s Tallest Broadcasting Tower! Tokyo returns to the world’s architectural stage with this massive broadcasting tower! With 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, and the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. But come 2011, this tower is going to be looked down on by the New Tokyo Tower. Plans are underway to build a New Tokyo Tower that will serve as a transmitter for NHK and five other TV stations. On completion, the new tower will be nearly twice as tall as the current Tokyo Tower. The tower is to be about 600 meters high, or nearly twice as tall as 333-meter Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward and higher than the world’s tallest tower, the 553-meter CN Tower in Toronto. Award-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando and sculptor Kiichi Sumikawa have designed the tower. It will stand on a triangular foundation but its slender body will turn into a cylinder as it stretches skyward.
The new tower will stand in the capital’s Sumida ward, an area known for its old-Tokyo ambiance, wedged between the Sumida and Arakawa rivers. When completed, the tower will be the tallest free-standing tower in the world and the tallest man-made structure in Japan.