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AD Classics: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Kenzō Tange

04:00 - 27 September, 2016
AD Classics: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Kenzō Tange, No.1 Building
No.1 Building

The career of Japanese architect Kenzō Tange features a curious anomaly: he received the same commission twice. In 1952, during the early stages of his career, Tange designed an administrative building in Yūrakuchō, Tokyo, for the city's metropolitan government. Over thirty years later, when the government relocated to Shinjuku, Tokyo, he again won the commission to design its administrative building. Completed in 1991, this would be one of his last, and most ambitious, projects. The second incarnation now dominates the city’s skyline, its highly distinctive design guaranteeing it landmark status. Nicknamed Tochō (an abbreviation of its Japanese name Tōkyō-to Chōsha), its architectural references to both tradition and modernity act as a visual metaphor for the eclectic city over which its inhabitants govern.

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AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange, Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz
Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz

“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

In honor of what would have been Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday, AD Classics presents one of the Japanese master’s most iconic projects - the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center. Built in 1967, the building was the first spatial realization of Tange’s Metabolist ideas of organically-inspired structural growth, developed in the late 1950s. The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is far more significant than its relatively small size would suggest, encapsulating the concepts of  the new Metabolistic order in architecture and urban planning that prevailed in post-World War II Japan.

More about this icon of Metabolism after the break….

AD Classics: Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park / Kenzo Tange

01:00 - 29 August, 2011

AD Classics: Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park / Kenzo Tange AD Classics: Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park / Kenzo Tange AD Classics: Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park / Kenzo Tange AD Classics: Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park / Kenzo Tange + 16

On August 6th, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb in history over Hiroshima, Japan, targeting the intersection of bridges over the Honkawa and Motoyasu rivers. The bomb devastated Hiroshima within a radius of 5 km, resulting in 140,000-150,000 deaths by December of that year.  

AD Classics: St. Mary Cathedral / Kenzo Tange

00:00 - 23 February, 2011
AD Classics: St. Mary Cathedral / Kenzo Tange, © Scarletgreen
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  • Architects

  • Location

    3-6-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Category

  • Architect

    Kenzo Tange
  • Structure

    Tsuboi Research Center, University of Tokyo
  • Construction

    Taisei Construction Company
  • Client

    Archdiocesis of Tokyo
  • Area

    2541.0 m2
  • Project Year

    1964
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

00:00 - 15 February, 2011
AD Classics: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange, © Flickr User: kanegen
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AD Classics: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange © Flickr User: Jamie Barras © Flickr User: Jamie Barras © wikiarquitectura + 13