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In terms of form and organization, the building draws on a traditional Japanese means of defining space by enclosing it with a lightweight membrane or manmaku.
A necklace of office spaces extends around three sides of the perimeter, enclosing a huge atrium space (of which more later).
Some 2000 years ago, the Romans evolved systems of enclosing large spaces to contain public life.
The enclosing wall (being synonymous with the word for city in China) was a major component in city planning, with huge forts over the gates and at the corners.