He was a well-known Japanese architect. His unique architectural styles stemmed from the fact that Tange combined ancient Japanese styles with modernism. As a result, he went ahead and landed contracts to design major buildings on five continents. Early Life Kenzo Tange was born on September 4th, in
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In this lesson, we will learn about his architecture and his life. He mixed traditional Japanese architecture with modern architecture principles.
During this lesson, you will learn about his life, his career, and the designs that etched his name in the architecture history books. He and his family traveled between Japan and China for many years until settling on Shikoku, an island off the coast of the mainland.
In , Tange was successful and was accepted at the University of Tokyo in the architecture program. During his studies, he was inspired by Le Corbusier, a renowned Swiss architect known for founding the modernist movement. Tange got his first job working under Kunio Maekawa, a well-known Japanese architect at the time. Here, he learned about blending modern elements with traditional ones.
During his studies, he won an architectural contest, which earned him a solid reputation at the university. The contest helped him land an assistant professor job in , and by , he was a full-fledged professor. Career Yoyogi National Gymnasium Before getting his first real break as an architect, he worked as an urban planner.
In , he entered and won an architectural contest for the design of the Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park. From here, he became an integral component in the rebuilding of Japan after the devastation of World War II.
In the late s, Kenzo Tange founded his own private practice, which would later be named Kenzo Tange Associates. Tange went on to design the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in , which earned him the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in The building was used to host the Olympics in In the last half of his career, Tange designed plenty of buildings in Japan, but he completed work around the world, too. Pakistan commissioned Tange to design and build the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which opened in Late Life Kenzo Tange worked until his later years.
He worked on projects around Japan until the mids when he retired. He died at age 91 in Besides his affinity for modernism, Tange helped create the Metabolist architectural movement.
He presented a master plan for a floating city in Tokyo Bay at the World Design Conference; the plan was unlike anything architects had ever seen before. Metabolism was created in s with Tange and several of his University of Tokyo students, including Kisho Kurokawa and Fumihiko Maki. The style and movement believed that cities should be built to account for future changes.
The solution was modular, prefabricated capsules that could be attached to the core of a main structure. The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is the perfect example of this architectural style. Memorable Designs.
In this lesson, we will learn about his architecture and his life. He mixed traditional Japanese architecture with modern architecture principles. During this lesson, you will learn about his life, his career, and the designs that etched his name in the architecture history books. He and his family traveled between Japan and China for many years until settling on Shikoku, an island off the coast of the mainland. In , Tange was successful and was accepted at the University of Tokyo in the architecture program.
Kenzo Tange: Architecture, Buildings & Biography
Kenzo Tange was considered a genius for the buildings he designed throughout his career. His design to create the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was chosen, and his career took off. His design for the main stadium at the Olympics in Tokyo showcased his work to the international community. He designed more buildings in his lifetime than legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. As a teenager, he saw a failed design of Le Corbusier whose own purist designs ushered in the Modernist era in architecture which sparked his interest in architecture. He attended Tokyo University, graduating with a degree in architecture in He worked for four years in the office of Kunio Maekawa, who was a disciple of Corbusier.