A Study on the Analysis of Traditionality in the Architecture of Kenzo Tange

단게 겐조(丹下健三)의 건축에서 나타나는 전통성 해석에 관한 연구

  • Kwon, Je-Joong (Department of Architectural Engineering, Daegu University)
  • 권제중 (대구대학교 건축공학과)
  • Received : 2019.04.04
  • Accepted : 2019.06.20
  • Published : 2019.06.28


Kenzo Tange who had successfully led Japan's early modern architecture has been interested in how to express tradition in the process of realistic creation of architecture since the 1950s. He tried to express the tradition of Japanese architecture in modern architecture in his own way. Tange believed that existing theory of tradition preserving traditional forms would no longer make Japan's tradition international. Therefore, he insisted that through his own 'new tradition', the tradition is maintained only by constant innovation, and that it does not leave traces in the results as a catalyst to stimulate creative activities. Therefore, this study aimed to analyze the concept and characteristics of 'new tradition' which Tange has claimed in his architecture.


Kenzo Tange;Japanese architecture;Traditionality;New Tradition;Modern Architecture

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Fig. 1. Architecture of Jomon(left) and Yayoi(right) period

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Fig. 2. Kagawa Prefectural Office, 1958

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Fig. 4. Kunio Maekawa’s Japan-Thailand Cultural Centre (left) and Tange’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Memorial Hall (right)

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Fig. 5. Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park, 1955

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Fig. 6. Katsura Imperial Villa

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Fig. 8. Kurashiki City Hall, 1960

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Fig. 3. Sogetsou Art Center, 1958

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Fig. 9. Shosoin, Imperial Repository, 752.

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Fig. 7. Ise Grand Shrine


Supported by : Daegu University


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