Tange Kenzō, (born September 4, , Ōsaka, Japan—died March 22, , Tokyo), one of the foremost Japanese architects in the decades following World. Born September 4, , Imabari, Shikoku Island, Japan; died of a heart ailment, March 22, , in Tokyo, Japan. Architect. Kenzo Tange was considered a. Kenzo Tange was born in Osaka, Japan on September 4, He and his family traveled between Japan and China for many years until settling on Shikoku.

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Retrieved from ” https: This experience helped to develop and bikgraphy Kenzo Tange’s ideas on a plan for Tokyo. Tange’s constant adaptation of his building designs was praised by many, and he was awarded the Pritzker Prize in He studied under Hideto Kishida and Shozo Uchida.

Tange Kenzō

In his speech he used words such as “cell” and “metabolism” in relation to urban design. Tange’s interest kkenzo such communal spaces dates back to his university studies of the Greek agora—the place, as Tange wrote, where the “citizen moved from the private realm to establish connections with society. Thank You for Your Contribution! A2; Washington Post, March 24,p.

His firm, called biograpjy Urbanists and Architects Team URTECprovided the master plan for the reconstruction of Skopje, Yugoslavia, after its devastation by an earthquake and did important planning studies for cities and regions in Africa, the Middle Eastand Europe as well as in Japan. Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic: Inhe was promoted to professor of the Department of Urban Engineering.

Interviewed by Jeremy Melvin. The sheer size of the proposal meant that it would stretch out across the water of Tokyo Bay. He created a concrete and glass pavilion on stilts, and also included a massive arch that evoked the funereal houses for Haniwa statues honoring ancient Japanese nobility.


He also created the Tange Laboratory. The four intervening years were spent in the Tokyo architectural firm of Kunio Maekawawho had worked in the Paris office of the great Swiss architect Le Corbusier and who was one of a small number of modern architects in Japan at the time. Both this scheme and the earlier ones by Kikutake formed the basis of Tange’s speech to the Tokyo World Design Conference in To allow for tangf expansion Tange grouped the similar functions of three offices together in biogarphy zones.

Kenzo Tange continued to develop the ideas brought together in the Yamanashi Press and Bradcasting Center. He submitted plans for Hiroshima and Maebashi. Change this Tokyo, Japan bornImabari. tsnge

The building’s twin-tower structure was nicknamed “Notre Dame de Tokyo,” and rose high above other skyscrapers in the city. The bottom anchoring of this steel net is a heavy concrete support system which forms a distinct curve on the interior and exterior of the building. Although the Osaka Expo had marked a decline in the Metabolist movement, it resulted in a “handing over” of the reigns to a younger generation of architects such as Kazuo Shinohara and Arata Isozaki. Tange entered graduate school at Tokyo University in Inat the behest of Jacques Chiracthe mayor of Paris at that time, Tange proposed a master plan for a plaza at Place d’Italie that would interconnect the city along an east-west axis.

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While lecturing at the BauhausGropius had placed great importance on teaching architects, especially imparting on them the concept of working biograpby as a team. Kazuo Shinohara ‘s house at Kugayama is remarkably similar in its design, although it is built with steel and has a simpler rhythm in its facade.


During the same period, Tange also designed St. The company later became Kenzo Tange Associates.

Kenzo Tange Biography

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. This theme was developed further in the National Gymnasium, Tokyo —4seating 15, people tangs by a tensile catenary roof-structure. The museum, a long, horizontal structure of glass and concrete raised above ground on concrete columns called pilotisis reminiscent of buildings by Le Corbusier and also of ancient Japanese prototypes specifically, biogtaphy Shosoin in Nara, a building that housed the Imperial Treasury and dates back more than 1, years.

Although Tange was fascinated by the yange of Katsura kfnzo that sat on Kishida’s desk, his work was inspired by Le Corbusier. Normally the reconstruction process was a very closed affair but this time the ceremony was opened to architects and journalists to document the event. Tange incorporated vertical and horizontal lines reminiscent of both timber boarding and the lines on semiconductor boards. Kurashiki is better known as a tourist spot for its old Machiya style houses.

Throughout the s Tange was engaged in designing a variety of civic projects—town halls, libraries, auditoriums, sports centers. Doshi and Jacob Bakema.

He wrote a short autobiographical work, Kenzo Tange, published in Switzerland