Come 2011, Tokyo – not Toronto – will have the world’s tallest freestanding structure. According to the CP, plans are in the works for a broadcast tower (simply named “New Tokyo Tower”) that, when completed, will stand at 613.5 metres, eclipsing the CN Tower’s impressive-but-not-big-enough-this-time 553 metres.
The new tower, designed by architect Tadao Ando and sculptor Kiichi Sumikawa “will stand on a triangular foundation, but its slender body will turn into a cylinder as it stretches upward, its bluish-silver colour blending into the sky.”
Well, that’s probably not a terrific idea – an incredibly tall structure that gently blends into the sky. We hope that those flying cars that will certainly exist by 2011 have some kind of built-in tower sensors.
As for Toronto, we’ll be fine. We’ve got other world-famous structures! Just look at Torontoist’s logo! We’ve still got…OCAD! And…City Hall. And…a streetcar? Shit.
Photo from Iamkevin in the Torontoist + Flickr Group.