Hiroshima Peace Center

Via ArchDaily, by Brian Pagnotta

Architect: Kenzo Tange
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Project Year: 1949-1955

Tange combined Le Corbusier’s five points with elements drawing from Japanese traditions, such as the sun-screens and the modular arrangement of the facade. Moreover, the parabolic shaped sculpture in the garden resembles a saddle, evoking the way of the Haniwa, the habitual tombs of former rulers of Japan.

Hiroshima made it a rule to continue using the building as much as possible by maintaining it properly. Most modern Japanese architecture built in the 1950′s has been demolished, but this building still survives, pioneering all modern architecture in Japan. The best way to know the real value of the park is to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony, held on August 6th each year. The ceremony attracts a variety of politicians, religious organizations, and artists.

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