Tange Kenzo

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Tange Kenzo


Born Sept. 4, 1913, in Imbari. Japanese architect.

Tange received his training in architecture at the University of Tokyo, from which he graduated in 1938. He became famous for his Peace Memorial Park and Buildings in Hiroshima (1949–56), in which he characteristically reinterpreted elements of medieval Japanese architecture. In the 1950’s and 1960’s he was influenced by the new plasticity of Le Corbusier and by brutalism. His works of this period, notably the city hall in Kurashiki (1960), are known for their bold strength and their sculptural use of space. They also exploit the expressive potentials of expansive bays, for example, in the National Gymnasiums (1963–64) in Tokyo.

In 1961, Tange published a plan for the reconstruction of Tokyo, which envisaged the construction of special structures over Tokyo Bay.


Boyd, R. Kenzo Tange. London-New York [1962].