Hiroshima Peace Center
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Architect Kenzo Tange
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Location Hiroshima, Japan   map
Date 1949 to 1956   timeline
Building Type museum and community center
 Construction System concrete
Climate humid subtropical
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes by competition. Simple linear mass on columns with louvered walls.




Photo, Exterior


Plan Drawing

Discussion Hiroshima Peace Center Commentary

"The building is raised up on pillars, its structure a framework of exposed concrete. The complex as a whole has a monumental quality. There are two secondary buildings, one on either side, consisting of an auditoruim, a hotel, an exhibition gallery, a library, offices and a conference centre to the west, and an assembly hall with capacity for 2,500 people to the east....Together they form a kind of screen for the square of Peace, which extends to the north, in which up to 50,000 people can congregate around the monument to Peace. The monument...in the form of a hyperbolic parabola, brings together modern tendencies and techniques and the ancient form of the Haniwa, the traditional tombs of the rulers of old Japan."

— Udo Kultermann. Kenzo Tange: Works and Projects. p163-165.

The Creator's Words

" 'Inconsistency itself breeds vitality,'...The greatest overriding inconsistency is the one 'that arises from the confrontation of technology and human existence,...We live in a world where great incompatibles coexist: the human scale and the superhuman scale, stability and mobility, permanence and change, identity and anonymity, comprehensibility and universality. These are the reflections of the gap between advancing technology and humanity as historical existence...I like to think there is something deep in our own world of reality that will create a dynamic balance between technology and human existence, the relationship between which has a decisive effect on contemporary cultural forms and social structure.'"

— Kenzo Tange. from Robin Boyd. Kenzo Tange. p15.

Sources on Hiroshima Peace Center

Robin Boyd. Kenzo Tange. New York: George Braziller, 1962. NA1559 .T33B6. LC 62-16267. p15.

Udo Kultermann. Kenzo Tange: Works and Projects. 1st spanish/english edition. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, S.A., 1989. ISBN 84-252-1400-9. NA1559.T33K83 1989. p163-165.

Kevin Matthews. Slides in photopgrapher's collection.

Paolo Riani. Kenzo Tange. London, New York. The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1970. Color plate, f1.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photo, p207. — Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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