Kenzo Tange building in Yamanashi to be retrofitted

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The 49-year old Yamanashi Cultural Hall building in Kofu City is undergoing earthquake retrofitting which is expected to extend the building’s lifespan for another 50 years.

The 8-storey building was designed by modernist architect Kenzo Tange and competed in 1966. It is said to be one of Tange’s exemplary works and was selected by DOCOMOMO Japan as one of the top 100 modernist buildings in the country. The structure was designed to allow for future extensions, and the original floor area of 18,000 sqm was later expanded to 22,000 sqm.

Kenzo Tange-designed gymnasium in Kagawa at risk of demolition

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Image from the Supporters’ Association of Conservation of Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium (http://www.facebook.com/kagawakentaihozon)

The Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium in Takamatsu City faces possible demolition after the sports facility was closed to public at the end of September. The brutalist building was designed by famed architect Kenzo Tange (1913 ~ 2005) and completed in 1964 – the same year that the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, another design by Tange, was built.

The 3-storey building has an arena with 1,300 fixed seats, a gym and conference rooms.

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