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Born: September 4, 1913

Died: March 22, 2005

Nationality: Japanese

Masterpiece: St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo, Japan

Website: www.ktaweb.com

 

"I first decided architecture was for me when I saw Le Corbusier's designs in a Japanese magazine in the 1930s." - Kenzo Tange

Kenzo Tange is a world renowned Japanese architect. The architect was born in Osaka in 1913. Graduated from University of Tokyo in 1938 and worked five years for Kunio Maekawa.

Tange's early designs attempted to combine modernism with traditional Japanese forms of architecture. In the late 1960s he rejected this earlier regionalism in favor of an abstract international style. Although his styles have transformed over time, he has consistently generated designs based on a clear structural order.

Reflecting the influence of Le Corbusier, his urban philosophy dictates the generation of comprehensive cities filled with megastructures that combine service and transportation elements. Although closely associated with the Metabolist movement because of his functionalist ideas, he never belonged to the group.

Influential as a teacher of modern architecture, Tange received the gold medals of the RIBA, the AIA and the French Academy of Architecture. He also received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1987.

Quotes:

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.  - Kenzo Tange

Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long. - Kenzo Tange

I am aware of changes gradually taking place in my own designs as part of my thinking on this matter. - Kenzo Tange

I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission... (to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of architecture and urban planning. - Kenzo Tange

In my opinion, further consideration of those views will help us find a way out of the current impasse, and reveal to us the kinds of buildings and cities required by the informational society. - Kenzo Tange

Nevertheless, the basic forms, spaces, and appearances must be logical. - Kenzo Tange

Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society. - Kenzo Tange

There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. - Kenzo Tange

Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longer be creative itself. - Kenzo Tange

Notable Work:

1955 - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima

1957 - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Y?rakuch?

1958 - Kagawa Prefectural Government Building the east offices, Takamatsu, Kagawa

1960 - Kurashiki City Hall, Kurashiki, Okayama

1964 - Yoyogi National Gymnasium for the 1964 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

1964 - St. Mary's Cathedral (Tokyo Cathedral), Tokyo

1967 - Towers of Fiera district (Regional administration of Emilia-Romagna), Bologna, Italy

1979 - Hanae Mori Building, Aoyama, Tokyo

1982 - Central Area New Federal Capital City of Nigeria, Nigeria

1986 - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

1986 - OUB Centre, Singapore

1987 - American Medical Association Headquarters Building, Chicago, Illinois, USA

1991 - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku, Tokyo

1992 - UOB Plaza, Singapore

1996 - Fuji Television Building, Odaiba, Tokyo

1998 - University of Bahrain, Sakhir, Bahrain

1998 - WKC Centre For Health Development, Kobe, Hy?go

2000 - Kagawa Prefectural Government Building the main offices, Takamatsu, Kagawa

2000 - Tokyo Dome Hotel

2003 - The Linear – Private Apartments, Singapore

2005 - Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School, Singapore

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