History

Since its foundation in 1610, Takenaka Corporation has specialized in architecture, contributing to society with many architectural works now considered landmarks.
Architecture is not just creating buildings that provide shelter and protection: they are cultural assets for a community, handed down to posterity from one era to another. We are proud of what we do. And we want each of our creations to be a master work.

1610 Tobei-Masataka Takenaka establishes a business in Nagoya to engage in shrine and temple construction.
1874 Nagoya Garrison barracks featuring Western-style architecture completed.
1899 14th-generation head of family Touemon Takenaka made his way to Kobe, which marked the first year of the company’s foundation.
1900 Mitsui Bank Warehouse completed in Onohama district of Kobe.
1909 Unlimited Partnership Takenaka Komuten established with headquarters in Kobe and a branch in Nagoya.
1911 The Tokyo and the Osaka local offices open.
1912 Takashimaya Kyoto Store completed as Japan’s first retail store building.
1918 Company emblem established.
1923 Main office moved to Osaka, with Kobe a branch office.
1934 Meiji Seimeikan (Tokyo) completed.
1937 Takenaka Corporation established.
1938 The Takenaka Corporation merges with the Unlimited Partnership Takenaka Komuten.
The innovative underground Takenaka Caisson Method developed and applied in Matsuzakaya Ueno and other department stores in Ginza.
1941 Participated in establishment of currently Takenaka Civil Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.
1945 Touemon Takenaka appointed as Chairman of the Board and Renichi Takenaka appointed as President.
1948 Administrative regulations established.
1953 Research laboratories in Tokyo and Osaka established.
1958 Tokyo Tower and Antarctic Exploration Research Facilities completed.
1959 Takenaka Building Research Institute opens in Tokyo.
1960 Takenaka & Associates Inc. established in San Francisco, starting full overseas business operations.
1961 Takenaka Ikueikai scholarship foundation established.
1964 Quarterly magazine [approach] launched.
1966 National Theatre (Tokyo) completed.
1969 The 70th anniversary. Takenaka Research and Development Institute completed in Tokyo.
Currently Asahi Facilities, Inc. established, expanding our building management and insurance businesses.
1970 Japan World Exposition Osaka 1970 (EXPO’70) opens with Takenaka participating in 23 pavilions.
1972 Takenaka Training Institute opened.
1973 Takenaka Europe GmbH established, expanding business into Europe.
1974 Thai Takenaka International Ltd., PT. Takenaka Indonesia, and Takenaka Corporation Singapore Office established, expanding business into Southeast Asia.
1976 TQC (Total Quality Control) introduced.
1979 Takenaka awarded Deming Application Prize, a first for the non-manufacturing sector.
1980 Takenaka Renichi appointed as Chairman of the Board and Takenaka Toichi appointed as President.
1981 Changi International Airport Terminal 1 (Singapore) completed.
1983 Ote Center Building (Tokyo) completed and opened.
1984 Yurakucho Marion (Tokyo) completed.
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum opened.
1987 Hotel Nikko San Francisco completed and opened.
100th issue of Quarterly magazine [approach].
1988 Chairman of the Board Renichi Takenaka awarded the Deming Prize.
Tokyo Dome, Japan’s first all-purpose stadium with an air-supported membrane structure, completed.
1990 Crystal Tower (Osaka) completed and opened.
Takenaka (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. established.
TAK Systems Corporation established; CAD promoted.
1991 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Hawaii) completed and opened.
1992 Takenaka awarded the Japan Quality Award.
“Environmental Charter” established.
1993 FUKUOKA YAHUOKU! DOME, Japan's first multipurpose stadium with a retractable roof, completed.
The new Takenaka Research and Development Institute moves to Chiba New Town.
1995 Takenaka starts a corporate website on the internet.
1997 Nagoya Dome completed.
First issue of the “Takenaka e Report (Environmental Protection Activity Report)”.
1999 100th anniversary.
Environmental accounting introduced.
2001 Sapporo Dome completed.
First participation in PFI.
2003 Takenaka (China) Construction Co., Ltd. established.
2004 The Tokyo Main Office moves to new building in Koto-ward in Tokyo.
2005 Tokyo Main Office Building obtains certification and highest evaluation rank under CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency).
GALLERY A4 opened in Tokyo Main Office Building.
2006 World’s tallest superhigh-rise baseisolation condominium City Tower Nishi-Umeda (Osaka) completed.
2007 Tokyo Midtown completed.
Takenaka “es” report issued, including social activities within Takenaka” e” report.
2009 Total Quality Management Policy and Companywide Policies established.
Mitsubishi Ichigokan and Marunouchi Park Building (Tokyo) completed.
2010 400th anniversary of company.
Executive officer system introduced.
Takenaka India Private Ltd. established.
2011 Practical Technology Training Center “Omoi” opened.
50th Anniversary of Takenaka Ikueikai scholarship foundation.
2012 Procurement Policy established.
Revision of code of ethics as a code of conduct.
New Takenaka “excellent foreman system” established.
GALLERY A4 becomes foundation.
2013 Toichi Takenaka appointed as Chairman of the Board and Masahiro Miyashita appointed as President.
Grand Front Osaka completed.
Osaka Timber Association Building completed, first fireproof wooden office building in Japan.
Myanmar Branch opened.
2014 Takenaka Group CSR Vision, Takenaka Group Message and Group Growth Strategy for 2025 established Message.
Company emblem and logo design innovated. Corporate colors created.
First publication of Takenaka Corporate Report, integrating company brochure and sustainability report.
ABENO HARUKAS (Osaka) completed, the tallest building in Japan. CapitaGreen (Singapore) completed.
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum moved to Kobe.
2015 Takenaka Quality Management established.
New employee training system receives KAIKA Award.
Bioclean and biosafety testing facilities established at Takenaka Research & Development Institute.
2016 Special cooperation with Setagaya Art Museum to hold “400 Years of Architectural Challenges—Takenaka: Master Builder in Japan” exhibition.
Takenaka starts up decarbonized model town project.
Takenaka selected to join the new Diversity Management Selection 100, fiscal year 2015.
2017 Urban Creation Strategy Department established.
Acquisition of early Showa era “Chochikukyo” wooden building, designated as an important cultural property that year with the aim of preservation and local community.
Establishment of Takenaka Vietnam Co., Ltd.
New Takenaka “excellent engineer” system established.
Takenaka Corporation Higashi Kanto Branch Office renovated achieving “plus energy” as a Net Zero Energy Building (ZEB).
Global Gate (Nagoya), Changi Airport Terminal 4 (Singapore) and Pacific Century Place Jakarta (Indonesia) completed.
2018 Human rights policy established.
Restoration of historic former Mankichi Yamaguchi residence as a business innovation hub.
Selected as developer for the Second Development Zone in the Umekita Area.
First applications of 2-hour-fireproof Moen-Wood in mid-to-high rise wooden buildings.
First application of the ultra-high-strength concrete (300N/mm2).
Start of “Seiwadai Forestation Project” biodiversity promotion program.
2019 120th anniversary.
Toichi Takenaka appointed as Honorary Chairman of the Board, Masahiro Miyashita appointed as Chairman of the Board and Masato Sasaki appointed as president.
Establishment of Osaka Yumeshima Development Department.
Activities through “Chochikukyo” receives the Grand Mécénat Award.
Near-future architecture "EQ House" opened at Roppongi.
Our development project "Sanso Kyoyamato" and "Park Hyatt Kyoto" opened.