Iconic Architectural Forms Enabled by Base-Isolation
Masayoshi Nakai1, Yoshio Tanno2, Hirokazu Kozuka3, and Masato Ohata1
1Advanced Structural Engineering Department, Takenaka Corporation, 1-1-1 Shinsuna, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0075, Japan
2Design Management Department, Takenaka Corporation
3Production Management Department, Takenaka Corporation
As building trends move to integrate façade architecture and structure, collaboration between architects and structural engineers has produced a number of novel buildings. In earthquake-prone countries such as Japan, however, where considerations such as earthquake load dominate design, structural engineers must often make difficult design decisions in meeting the requirements of building owners and architects. This article introduces the Prada Boutique Aoyama building project integrating façade and structure concepts while implementing earthquake-robust base isolation.
-  M. Nakai, Y. Tanno, H. Kozuka, and M. Ohata, “PRADA Boutique Aoyama, Japan,” Journal of International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, Structural Engineering International Vol.15, No.1, pp. 28-31, Feb. 2005.
-  M. Nakai, “Unique Architectural Forms Enabled by Base-Isolation,” The 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, S05-01-014, October 12-17, 2008, Beijing, China, 2008.