Kurashiki City Hall
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Architect Kenzo Tange
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Location Kurashiki, Japan   map
Date 1960   timeline
Building Type government center, city hall
 Construction System concrete
Climate humid subtropical
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Compact massing, expressed concrete frame.






Section Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Kurashiki City Hall Commentary

This exposed concrete box articulated with horizontal, sun-shielding windows, sits in modern contrast to the traditionally bound city it serves. Progress and expansion were accounted for when the facilities were erected in 1960, planning for a future municipality of 150,000 inhabitants. Facilities include a public assembly hall, offices, meeting rooms, and the mayor's office.

—Darlene Levy. drawn from Udo Kultermann. Kenzo Tange: Works and Projects. p86.

The Creator's Words

"...modern architecture and Japanese traditional architecture have common characteristics— simplicity, standardization, openness, spaciousness and lightness...Simplicity or standardization means sometimes the formalistic. Openness of lightness means sometimes weakness, yes weakness, for example, against weather and climate.—Now, lightness or openness of spaciousness in the physical and psychological meaning cannot satisfy peoples' energy or desires. They want more eternal or more durable feeling. They do not want weakness or tentativeness, but this weak and tentative feeling that we have in modern architecture of the world. Architecture always should be a reflection or expression of social structure."

—Kenzo Tange. from Udo Kultermann, ed. Kenzo Tange: 1946-1969 Architecture and Urban Design. p9.

Sources on Kurashiki City Hall

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. p86.

Udo Kultermann, ed. Kenzo Tange: Architecture and Urban Design, 1946-1969. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970. LC 70-111288. NA1559.T33K8 1970. p9. photo of stairway and hall to main level, p97.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. exterior photo, p263. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Paolo Riani. Kenzo Tange. Twentieth century masters. London, New York: The Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1970. Color plate of exterior, f27.

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

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