Section 2

Modernity and Tradition

“Modernity and Tradition” depicts how Tange identified modern architecture and traditional Japanese architecture through interactions with masters like Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius and reflected his findings on his design. Tange’s ingenious interpretation and adoption of advantages presented by various designs, such as Palace of the Soviets by Le Corbusier, is particularly noticeable in his graduation project. In 1960, Tange and Gropius jointly published Katsura, a photo collection, from the Yale University Press, but Tange developed a view on traditional architecture unique from that of Gropius later. The section displays Tange’s own sketch of his residence for the first time in Japan.

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    Graduation Project : “CHATEAU D’ART”

    Exterior perspective drawing | 1938 | Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

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    Tange’s Home

    Exterior (Photo taken by Tange Kenzo) | Circa 1953 | Private Collection

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    Renovation Plan of Tange’s Home

    Scheme design: Garage from the Western road | Circa 1964 | Private Collection

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    Le Corbusier

    Letter from Le Corbusier to Tange | July 13, 1959 | Private Collection

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    Walter Gropius

    Mr. and Mrs. Gropius and Tange visiting Kurashiki and Hiroshima | 1954 | Private Collection

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    Katsura Imperial Villa

    Katsura Imperial Villa | Photo by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Collection of the Museum of Art, Kochi Ⓒ Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

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    Tange Modulor

    Tange’s modulor extending out from the building into the city (Kamiya Koji, “Ichinomiya Apartment Complex Project”) | Kenchiku Bunka, June 1961, Shokokusha

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    Sumi Memorial Hall

    Pilotis | − | Private Collection

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    Sogetsu Kaikan

    Sogetsu Kaikan structural calculation documents | March 1955 | Kawaguchi Laboratory, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

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