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Architectural Emblem (02:05)


Architect Kenzo Tange built two gymnasiums in Tokyo for the 1964 Olympic Games.

Kenzo Tange (02:13)

Learn a brief history abput the architect and the Yoyogo Olympic Gymnasium site.

Gymnasium Show Space (01:55)

The gymnasium required large amounts of open space and seating for spectators.

Inside the Gymnasium (02:56)

Tange used the idea of a suspension bridge to achieve the massive open spaces in the gymnasium.

Gymnasium Materials (01:45)

The main building materials are metal and concrete. The building reflects the look of waves and sails.

Basketball Arena (02:15)

View the features of the smaller basketball arena.

Gymnasium Entrances (02:10)

View several ways that the public can access the buildings.

Underground Gallery (01:09)

The gallery links the main gymnasium and the basketball arena, and houses the offices, restaurant, and training pool.

Roof Design (02:03)

See the wooden slates and cable on the underside of the roof.

Gymnasium Aesthetics (03:59)

From the promenade, the buildings look like a ship and a flying saucer. Hear Tange's psychological reasoning for making these choices.

Gymnasium Post Olympics (02:22)

The main gymnasium is used for major concerts and national aerobics meetings. The small gym remains a basketball arena and doubles as a fashion stage.

Credits: The Yoyogo Olympic Gymnasium: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:40)

Credits: The Yoyogo Olympic Gymnasium: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture

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The Yoyogo Olympic Gymnasium: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture

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Architect Kenzo Tange was one of the post-war leaders of the modern movement in Japan. The style of this movement includes structural elements being exposed on the outside of buildings, a lack of exterior design, and the use of construction materials. The Kofu building is emblematic both of the influence of the modern movement, and of the architectural ambitions of the Metabolist Movement which aspired to building mega-structures - freed from the ground (and ruins) vast extensible cities can develop boundlessly. Its construction material, its concrete (Brutalism) and its futuristic communication technologies programme make it a not only a turning point, but also a masterpiece of transition.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL65341

ISBN: 978-1-60057-652-2

Copyright date: ©2006

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