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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 designsin a Japanese magazine in the 1930s." - Kenzo Tange

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

Tange's early designs attempted to combine modernism with traditionalJapanese forms of architecture. In the late 1960s he rejected this earlierregionalism in favor of an abstract international style. Although hisstyles have transformed over time, he has consistently generated designsbased on a clear structural order.

Reflecting the influence of Le Corbusier, his urban philosophy dictates thegeneration of comprehensive cities filled with megastructures that combineservice and transportation elements. Although closely associated with theMetabolist movement because of his functionalist ideas, he never belongedto the group.

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


Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as nomore 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 ofmy thinking on this matter. - Kenzo Tange

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

In my opinion, further consideration of those views will help us find a wayout of the current impasse, and reveal to us the kinds of buildings andcities 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 andcities in the informational society. - Kenzo Tange

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

Tradition can, to be sure, participate in a creation, but it can no longerbe 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

Information is used from: www.archiplanet.com



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