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.

Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange
20th Century Retrospective, Educational & Sports Facilities, Japanese Architecture

National Gymnasium for Tokyo Olympics / Kenzo Tange

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.

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Japanese Architecture, Urban Design, Utopian Projects

A plan for Tokyo 1960 / Kenzo Tange

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…

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