Sunshine 60

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name = Sunshine 60

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location = 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro
Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
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groundbreaking = July 1973
constructed = 1973–1978
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opening = March 1978
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use = Mixed-use
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roof = m to ft|239.7|wiki=no
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floor_count = 60 above ground
5 below ground
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architect = Mitsubishi Estate Co.
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Nihongo|Sunshine 60|サンシャイン60|Sanshain 60 is a 60-story, mixed-use skyscraper located in Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo, adjoining the Sunshine City complex. At the time of its completion in 1978, the 239.7 m (786 ft) building was the tallest in East Asia, a title it held until 1985 when it was surpassed by the 63 Building in Seoul. Sunshine 60 was also the tallest building in Tokyo and Japan until the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building was completed in 1991.cite web|url=|title=Sunshine 60|accessdate=2008-09-25|]


Sunshine 60's foundation is comprised of reinforced concrete. The lower segment of the building is also reinforced concrete with a steel skeleton. The upper tower is a steel skeleton with "slitted shear walls". These unique walls were inserted between columns in the core, allowing the walls to conform to deformations in the steel frame caused by earthquakes and wind shear helping to assure structural integrity. A rigid framing structural system creates the frame. Mechanical equipment is located directly above the core of the structure on its rooftop.cite web|url=|title=Sunshine 60 Building

Sunshine 60 was erected over the site of the destroyed Sugamo Prison, famously used to hold senior Japanese war criminals during the occupation. On December 23, 1948, seven high-ranking, convicted war criminals (including former Prime Minister Hideki Tojo) were hanged at the prison. In popular modern lore, the area is rumored to be haunted.


As a mixed-use high-rise, Sunshine 60's space is used for a variety of things. Floors 1 through 9 are used as commercial space and houses a post office, banks, showrooms, cafeterias, a health care center and a day care center. Offices space occupies floors 10 through 57. Restaurants are located on the 58th and 59th floors. Located on the 60th floor, visitors can see as far as 100 km on a clear day from Sunshine 60's observation deck. In order to get visitors to the observation deck quickly, one of the tower's 40 elevators takes passengers directly from the lobby at a speed of 600 meters per minute (22.4 mph). This elevator is one of the fast in the world.cite web|url=|title=Six of the World's 10 Fastest Elevators Are in Asia|accessdate=2008-09-25||date=2007-10-17]

ee also

*Sunshine City


External links

* [ Official site] ja icon
* [ 360° View from Sunshine 60 Observatory]

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