Building: Century Tower
Location: Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, Japan
Architect: Foster + Partners
Structural Engineer: Arup
M+E Engineer: J Roger, Preston and Partners
Size: 26,590 meters², 136.6 meters tall, two towers 19 & 21 stories tall.
Awards: Lightweight Medal Cladding Award, Institution of Structural Engineers Special Award.
AE Interests: Expanded on the Foster design idea of HSBC Headquarters to create an office environment with high quality architecture and originality (a). Previously due to fire regulations combining an open office atrium with open floor space had been prohibited; however, using smoke activated baffles, inspired by airplane wing flaps, and fans, the smoke could be drawn out by increasing air flow to desired levels (a).