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
Kenzo Tange (4 September 1913 – 22 March 2005) was a Japanese architect winner of the 1987 Architecture Pritzker Prize. He was one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, combining traditional Japanese styles with modernism. His career spanned the entire second half of the twentieth century, producing numerous distinctive buildings in Tokyo, other Japanese cities and cities around the world, as well as ambitious physical plans for Tokyo.
In 1970, Kenzo Tange designed the Olivetti Technical Centre and Warehouse in Yokohama, Tokyo. An example of Japanese Brutalist Architecture.Continue reading
The St. Mary’s Cathedral was built in 1964 and designed by Kenzo Tange to replace the old wooden cathedral, in gothic style, burnt during wartime. Tange’s project is both Modernist and Metabolist, abstract and symbolic, bright (polished exterior), and dark (rough interior).Continue reading
As in the past, with the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Kenzo Tange continues to stimulate the creative possibilities of the architecture of our times. Designed and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer Olympics, the design inspired Frei Otto’s arena designs for the Olympic Stadium in Munich.Continue reading
Kenzo Tange’s 1960 plan for Tokyo was proposed at a time when many cities in the industrial world were experiencing the height of urban sprawl. With a unique insight into the emerging characteristics of the contemporary city and an optimistic faith in the power of design, Tange attempted to impose a new physical order on Tokyo, which would accommodate the…Continue reading
There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. Nevertheless, the basic forms, spaces, and appearances must be logical. – Kenzo Tange