Unlocking the key (elements) to Japanese architecture

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From sleek, minimalist design to efficient construction methods, Japanese architecture is effortlessly elegant,
varied yet functional.

It’s no wonder why architects from around the globe yearn to learn and master the techniques used by their Japanese counterparts.

But what is it that makes Japanese architecture — and homes in particular — so distinct, interesting, and unique?

In an effort to unlock the key (elements) to Japanese architecture , Federal Land Inc. recently hosted an architectural forum with Paul Noritaka Tange, the chairman
and principal architect of the multi-awarded Tokyo-based firm Tange Associates, as key speaker.

During the forum, Paul discussed the distinct attributes and techniques used in Japanese architecture and how, when fused with modem touches, it’s able to capture a locale’s sense of place, regardless of country or cultural orientation.

He also shared insights from over three decades of experience in the field, and the things he learned from his iconic father, architect Kenzo Tange.

Paul is the son of Tange Associates founder and 1987 Pritzker Laureate Kenzo Tange. The father-and-son tandem is highly esteemed in the industry. Paul and Kenzo were commissioned to build venues for the Tokyo Olympics, half a century apart. The late Tange built the 1964 Yoyogi National Stadium, while the younger launched the 2020 Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Other notable projects by Tange Associates include the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and The Grand Midori Makati in the Philippines.


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