Tokyo high-rise built over tracks offers train buffs heavenly views

A Seibu Railway train runs under the DaiyaGate Ikebukuro skyscraper in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district, which was unveiled to the media on March 25. (Hideki Kitami)

A unique 18-story skyscraper in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro straddling the Seibu Railway train tracks was unveiled to the media here on March 25.

DaiyaGate Ikebukuro, a 100-meter-tall office building owned by the railway, offers stunning views of trains passing beneath it.

With the exception of regular train stations, there hasn’t been a building like it in Japan, according to a Seibu Holdings Inc. official.

“This is a project that could only have been realized by the railway company,” said Takashi Goto, president of Seibu Holdings, which is set to move into the building in April.

“We are proud of DaiyaGate Ikebukuro, which will spearhead innovation of the office building,” Goto added.

DaiyaGate features a mid-story seismically isolated structure beneath its fourth floor, which Seibu said is the key to assuring the safety of the building.

The high-rise, developed by Seibu Properties Inc., will house Seibu Holdings and other affiliated companies on the 14th through 18th floors.

The first and second floors will accommodate commercial facilities, while the fourth through 13th floors will be rented to other companies.

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