Rejecting flashy forms in favor of buildings in harmony with their environment, the architect — poised to become world famous for his stadium for the Olympics in Tokyo — is trying to reinvent his entire trade. I had only met him a few minutes earlier, in the cramped main quarters, when he swiftly emerged from his tiny, cubicle-like space in the far corner. Kuma is tall, informal — he was wearing stonewashed jeans, and a striped T-shirt under a nylon jacket with frayed and shredded shoulders — and he greeted me with a quick handshake, as if I were another employee. Many of his notable works are in rural areas and serve an ostensibly minor purpose — say, to exhibit a collection of Hiroshige woodblock prints, or to sell Taiwanese pineapple cakes, or to house a Starbucks in the city of Fukuoka, known equally for its ancient temples and shopping malls. It will also be his least characteristic work, and will arrive trailing controversy.
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
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I'm not an architect, but I'm a great fan of Tange's subtle design I walk past the two stadiums on my way to work. It's very sad that one of them will be demolished this year. Keeping one of the two stadiums is not an acceptable compromise -- the complex should be preserved as a whole. I am relieved to read that the stadium that will be demolished is in another part of Tokyo!
Kengo Kuma & Associates- 15 Iconic Projects
Yoyogi National Gymnasium. A series of steps are visible in the foreground leading up to the gymnasium. The Little Gym.
We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. Text description provided by the architects. Sitting within one of the largest parks in the metropolitan region of Tokyo , Tange uses the context as a way in which to integrate his building into the landscape. The subtle curves of the structural cables, the sweeping roof plane, and the curving concrete base seem to emerge from the site appearing as one integrated entity. The gymnasium is the larger of two arenas for the Summer Olympic Games both of which are designed by Tange and employ similar structural principles and aesthetics.