Tokyo, Sep 28 (IANS) An elementary school in Tokyo will likely be the first in Japan to move into a skyscraper, the media reported on Monday.
According to sources, the 86-year-old building is in a state of decay, and a redevelopment project beckoned, NHK news agency reported.
The school will move into a 45-storey high-rise in front of Tokyo station six years from now.
Renovation was considered for Joto elementary school, built in 1929. But the sky-high relocation was endorsed as part of a bigger redevelopment plan for the area near the major train station.
The new 245-metre-tall building is scheduled to open in April 2021. It will be a commercial complex containing offices, stores and a hotel.
The school will be on the first to the fourth floors. This will include classrooms, a gymnasium, and a swimming pool. A playground will be built on the roof of the fourth floor.
Ensuring the children’s safety is a major concern. Officials said the school entrance will be created separately from the rest of the areas.
This will prevent visitors and office workers from entering the school premises.