Kunio Maekawa

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Kunio Maekawa
BirthplaceNiigata, Niigata

Maekawa, Kunio


(also K. Mayekawa). Born May 14, 1905, in Niigata-shi, in Niigata Prefecture. Japanese architect.

Maekawa worked and studied under Le Corbusier in Paris between 1928 and 1930. He was one of the first in Japan to adopt rationalism. In the 1950’s and 1960’s he designed sculpturally expressive structures by combining national traditions with the structural and aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete. Maekawa designed many public buildings, including municipal buildings in Fukushima (1958) and Hirosaki (1964); cultural centers in Tokyo (1959), Kyoto (1960), Okayama (1962), and Urawa (1966); and the Gakushuin University in Tokyo (1960).


Altherr, A. Three Japanese Architects: Mayekawa… . New York, 1968.
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De los tres colaboradores japoneses de Le Corbusier: Kunio Maekawa, Junzo Sakakura y Takamasa Yoshizaka, Irene Vogel Chevroulet nos presenta una herencia poco conocida y es el legado que una arquitecta japonesa, Reiko Hayama, recibe a traves de su trabajo con Maekawa, Perriand y Prouve.
Tange graduated from Tokyo University in 1938 but resumed his postgraduate studies there during the war before beginning his professional career in the office of Kunio Maekawa who had worked for Le Corbusier in his Paris office.
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Complementary information on his diploma and on the drawings he was in charge of at Atelier Rue de Sevres 35 is in: Kunio Maekawa Retrospective Catalogue (2006).
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