1964 – Yoyogi National Gymnasium – Kenzo Tange

Built for the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo the Yoyogi National Gymnasium has become an architectural icon for its distinctive design.  Designed by one of Japan’s most famous modernist architects, Kenzo Tange, the gymnasium is a hybridization of western modernist aesthetics and traditional Japanese architecture. Tange’s innovative structural design creates dramatic sweeping curves that appear to effortlessly drape from two large, central supporting cables. It’s dynamically suspended roof and rough materials form one of the most iconic building profiles in the world.


Name: Yoyogi National Gymnasium│Type: Sports│Architect: Kenzo Tange│Completed: 1964

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