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Kisho Kurokawa : Architecture

Japanese Architecture : Metabolism – KKAA Architects Studio Tokyo

22 Jun 2012

Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates News

Maggie’s South West Wales, UK
Date built: 2012
Design: Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates (KKAA) with Garber & James
Maggies Swansea
photograph : Thore Garbers

Maggie’s South West Wales
Design by late Dr Kisho Kurokawa, ArBITAT architects – winner of a RIBA Award 2012

National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
Date built: 2011
Design: KKAA + Nihon Sekkei, Inc:
National Art Center Tokyo
photograph © Robert Day

Japanese Architecture Tour – added 2 Jun 2011

Kisho Kurokawa – Key Projects

Major Buildings by KKAA

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan
Date built: 1972
Pod-like tower building with relationship to Moshe Safdie’s Habitat Expo housing but more vertical and regular. Each pod has a circular window which makes the building look like a stack of washing machines – Le Corbusier’s Machine Houses realised!

The Nakagin Capsule Tower (Nakagin Kapuseru Tawā) is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in just 30 days the building is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism, an architectural movement emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence. It was the world’s first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use. The building still exists but has fallen into disrepair.

The building is composed of two interconnected concrete towers, of eleven and thirteen storeys. They house 140 self-contained capsules prefabricated by shipping container factory Shiga Prefecture. Each capsule measures 2.5 m by 4.0 m.

Van Gogh Museum Exhibition Wing, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Van Gogh Museum Exhibition Wing by Kisho Kurokawa
Van Gogh Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

Kisho Kurokawa – Key Buildings

Architecture designs by Kisho Kurokawa, alphabetical:

Astana – Masterplan, Kazakhstan
Date built: 1998-2004
design competition win

Fukui City Museum of Art, Fukui, Japan
Date built: 1993-96

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Date built: 1988-89

Kibi-cho City Hall / Kibi Dome, Wakayama, Japan
Date built: 1993-95

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date built: 1992-98

Louvain-La-Neuve Museum, Belgium
Date built: 1990-92

Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Australia
Date built: 1986-91

The Museum of Modern Art Wakayama, Wakayama, Japan
Date built: 1990-94

Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Date built: 1983-87

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Date built: 1970-72

Nara City Museum of Photography, Nara, Japan
Date built: 1989-91

National Gallery in Tokyo, Roppongi, Tokyo
Date built: 2000-05
Design: KKAA ; Nihon Sekkei Inc.
Worlds Spectacular Museum Buildings
photo : Kevin Hemphill
National Art Center Tokyo

National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
Date built: 1973-77

Osaka International Convention Centre, Osaka
Date built: 1994-2000

Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Singapore Flyer – observation wheel, Marina Bay, Singapore
Design: KKAA with DP Architects

Sony Tower, Osaka, Japan

The Sporting Club at Illinois Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Toyota City Stadium, Toyota City, Japan

Van Gogh Museum – New Wing, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Zenit Stadium, St.Petersburg, Russia

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Kisho Kurokawa Practice Information

Born in Nagoya, Aichi. Japan

Japanese architect
One of Metabolist Movement founders in 1960

Office of KKAA established 1962, Tokyo

Tokyo Architects Studio

Kisho was taught by famous Japanese architect Kenzo Tange

Degree: Kyoto University Department of Architecture 1957
Masters: Tokyo University School of Architecture 1959
Doctorate: Tokyo University School of Architecture 1964

Nagakin Capsule Tower, off Shuto Orbital, Shinbashi, Tokyo
13 storeys – 140 prefabricated capsules apartments
Kisho Kurokawa owned Pod No. 1301

Kisho Kurokawa buildings – designs listed chronologically

Japanese Architect Offices

Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates Head Office is in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Branch Offices in Nagoya-Tokai, Osaka, St.Petersburg (Russia) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Wakayama Museum of Modern Art, Japan

Japanese Buildings
Black House
photo : Yoshiharu Matsumura

Modern Architect

Architecture Studios

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