Below is a presentation on Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building done by Kenzo Tange. I have also added a video from YouTube. Hope you find it useful.
- An influential protagonist of the Structuralist movement.
- He believed in combining traditional Japanese styles with modernism.
- Influenced from an early age by the Swiss modernist, Le Corbusier
- Winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building(1991)
- Computer Chip
- Gothic Cathedral
- Traditional Japanese houses.
TMG No. 1 Building
- The exterior surfaces covered with geometric pattern executed in granite
- Earthquake resistant structure
- Observation desk at the top
- At the top of each tower are satellite dishes pointing in all directions.
TMG No. 2 Building:
- The smaller building housing government offices is located to the south of the main building.
- The two structures are joined by the multi-story portico .
- The style of the south building is less vertical and takes on the form of a cluster of buildings.
- Acts as an unifying element
- The portico wraps gently around the plaza, joining it to the main building as well as the assembly hall.
- The fan-shaped plaza, modeled on the famous Campo in Siena,
- Acts as a separation
- Slopes gently up as one moves away from the main structure.
- An oasis of rare harmony and tranquillity
The assembly hall:
- The assembly hall is a circular metal-clad structure which looms over the plaza from above the portico.
- A round window placed at its center
Yoyogi National Gymnasium(1964) v/s Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building(1991):
- Fusion of eastern and western elements
- One based on structural principle other on futuristic principle
- Shift to Monumental Structures from his minimalist ideologies
- Kenzo Tange’s attempt to embrace the postmodernist movement of the eighties.
- Deviation from his general idea of Traditional Japanese Architecture
- The perfect architectural incarnation of modern Japan