Beyond Our Reach (Post#5) : Kyoto Tower – World’s Tallest Non Steel-frame Construction
Photos of the day are all about Kyoto Tower. My family and I had a chance to see this, as the tower stands not far from Kyoto Station. Though we never got a chance to visit this tower and we never saw the scenery it offers, we just enjoyed it from a distance. On the other note, this tower went to controversy because of its modernity which seems to be not suited on what they wanted Kyoto city to portray to people, but even that was the case, it was completed and opened in 1964.
And this tower is categorized as the “World’s Tallest Non Steel-frame Construction”.
Unlike many other towers (such as Tokyo Tower) that are constructed using metal lattice frames, Kyoto Tower’s interior structure consists of many steel rings stacked on top of each other. The structure was then covered with lightweight steel sheets with a thickness of 12–22 mm (0.47–0.87 in). The sheets were then welded together and painted white. The intended overall effect was for the tower to resemble a Japanese candle.
These photos are part of First Kyoto Tour last September 2015.
Photo : tower, Kyoto Tower
Location : ７２１−１ Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
Directions / Transportation :
1. Take bus that goes to Kyoto Station and walk few meters from the station or
2. Visit the official access link to reach the tower here.
Official Website : Kyoto Tower