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“Tower of the Sun” is a sculptural work and pavilion created by Taro Okamoto for the Expo ’70 world’s fair in Osaka. After the Expo, it was preserved under the condition that no admission of the public be allowed. To provide access to the public, we transformed the “tower” into an “architectural building” by (1) renovating it to abide by current laws (2) redesigning visitor walking routes and (3) expanding the underground floor area to feature an exhibition space. The redesign was carried out with utmost respect paid to the artistry of Mr. Okamoto under the slogans of “no change in image” and “new additions shall draw on modern techniques to bring out his artistic qualities.” This project will see that “Tower of the Sun,” which was closed for 48 years, is passed down to future generations.
Osaka Prefectural Government Public Building Office + Osaka Prefecture Japan World Exposition Memorial Park
Hisashi Fujimori, Showa Sekkei. Inc
I. Morisaki, T. Shimada, I. Kuga, M. Sekimura, Architectural Design Div/ H. Kunitomo, Y. Asano, Structural Design Div/ S. Hirose, K. Yamade, Facilities Design Div, Showa Sekkei. Inc
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