9 Jan 2011

St Marys Cathedral

Kenzo Tange, 1964. An impressive concrete shell structure provides an sublime space.
That [Yoyogi National Gymnasium] and St. Mary's Cathedral in Bunkyo Ward — which is also by Tange — are probably the two best buildings in Tokyo.
Kengo Kuma, Interview in Japan Times here, Oct 2010. Kenzo Tange is arguably the premier Japanese architect from the last 20th century.

On the inside the concrete is exposed, the structure revealed. The plan view from above is a cross which the structure resolves into an larger base.

Other buildings worth visiting by Kenzo Tange includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices, Fuji TV and Yoyogi National Gymnasium and to many more to list.

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