Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole. Located in Shinjuku, the building consists of a complex of three structures, each taking up a city block. The tallest and most prominent of the three is Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, a tower 48 stories tall that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor. The building also has three levels below ground. The design of the building Kenzo Tange , has many symbolic touches, most notably the aforementioned split which re-creates the look of a Gothic cathedral. The building held the title of the tallest building in Tokyo, at 243 meters from 1991 to late 2006, when it surrendered its title upon the completion of Midtown Tower.