Kurokawa Kisho

黒川 紀章

1934 April 8, born in Nagoya as son of a respected Japanese architect from the pre-World War II era
1957 graduated from Kyoto University
1959 completed Master course, University of Tokyo, student of Tange Kenzo
1960 one of the seven founding members of the Metabolist group together with the architects Kikutake Kiyonori, Maki Fumuhiko, Otaka Masato, the critic Kawazoe Noboru, the industrial designer Ekuan Kenji and the graphic designer Awazu Kiyoshi
1964 completed Doctor course, University of Tokyo
2007 passed away in Tokyo
© robert baum tokyo, 19 July 2010
© robert baum tokyo, 19 July 2010

project list

 

2006 THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO, Minato ward, Tokyo
2001 OITA STADIUM BIG EYE, Oita
2000 FUKUI PREFECTURAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM, Katsuyama, Fukui
OSAKA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER (OICC), Kita ward, Osaka
1998 NEW WING OF THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM, Amsterdam, Netherlands
KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KLIA), Sepang, Malaysia
1997 FUJINOMIYA GOLF CLUB CLUBHOUSE, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
1995 SHIGA KOGEN ROMAN ART MUSEUM, Yamanouchi, Nagano
1994 HIMEJI CITY HEALTH AND WELFARE CENTER, Himeji city, Hyogo
1993 SHIROTOPIA MEMORIAL PARK REST HOUSE - SENKANTEI, Himeji city, Hyogo
PACIFIC TOWER, Paris, France
1991 MIKI HOUSE NEW OFFICE BUILDING, Yao city
1989 ATHLETIC CLUB, Chicago IL, USA
1988 JAPANESE-GERMAN CENTER BERLIN, Berlin, Germany
HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Hiroshima
1987 CHOKASO, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo
1984 THE NATIONAL BUNRAKU THEATRE, Chuo ward, Osaka
ROPPONGI PRINCE HOTEL, Minato ward, Tokyo
WACOAL KOJIMACHI BUILDING, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo
1982 SUGINAMI WARD CENTRAL LIBRARY, Suginami ward, Tokyo
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SAITAMA, Saitama city, Saitama
1980 SHOTO CLUB, Shibuya ward, Tokyo
1977 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY, Suita city, Osaka
1976 AOYAMA BELL COMMONS, Minato ward, Tokyo
SONY TOWER OSAKA, Chuo ward, Osaka
1975 FUKUOKA BANK HEADQUARTERS, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
1973 CAPSULE HOUSE K, Mori Izumi, Nagano
1972 NAKAGIN CAPSULE TOWER, Chuo ward, Tokyo
1967 RESORT CENTER YAMAGATA HAWAII DREAMLAND, Yamagata
SAGAE CITY HALL, Sagae city, Yamagata
1965 CENTRAL LODGE FOR NATIONAL CHILDREN'S LAND, Yokohama city, Kanagawa

2006.05

THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO

+ Nihon Sekkei

address:   Roppongi, Minato ward, Tokyo
site area:  
30,000 m²
building area:  
13,127 m²
total floor area:   48,980 m²
number of storeys:   6 + 2 basement
structure:  

steel, partly steel reinforced concrete

general contractors JV:   Kajima Corporation, Taisei Corporation, Matsumura Gumi Corporation, Shimzu Corporation, Obayash Corporation, Mitsui Construction
website:   www.nact.jp
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 124-131

2001.03

OITA STADIUM BIG EYE

+ Takenaka Corporation

address:   1351 Oaza Yokoo, Matsuoka, Oita
total floor area:   92,882 m²
building area:   51,830 m²
site area:   2,550,000 m²
number of storeys:   3 + 2 basement
structure:  

upper skeleton structure: steel; lower stand skeleton structure: reinforced concrete

structural engineers:   Ove Arup & Partners Japan Limited
mechanical engineers:   Shin Nippon Setsubi Consultant Engineers Office
landscape designers:   Environmental Dynamics and EDA
general contractors JV:   Takenaka Corporation, Sato Benec, Takayama Sogo Kogyo
website:   www.wldcup.com/Asia/stadia/oita.html
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 118-123

[The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture]

2000.06

FUKUI PREFECTURAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM

address:   Terao, Muroko, Katsuyama, Fukui
total floor area:   15,000 m²
building area:   8800 m²
site area:   30,000 m²
number of storeys:   3 + 1 basement
structure:   steel, steel reinforced concrete and reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Takumi Orimoto Structural Engineer & Associates
mechanical engineers:   Inuzuka Engineering Consultants
general contractors JV:   Kumagai Gumi, Muranaka Construction, Okitakubo Construction, Maeda Corporation, Nishida Kensetsu, Ono Construction
website:   www.dinosaur.pref.fukui.jp/en
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 114-117

2000.03

OSAKA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER (OICC)

大阪府立国際会議場 - Ōsaka-fu-ritsu Kokusai Kaigi-jō

+ A. Epstein & Sons International Inc.

+ Ove Arup & Partners Japan Limited

address:   Nakanoshima, Kita ward, Osaka
Japanese:   大阪市北区中の島
site area:   10,146.08 m²
building area:   6,756.93 m²
total floor area:   67,545.54 m²
number of storeys:   13 + 2 penthouse + 3 basement
structure:   steel, partly steel and reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Ove Arup & Partners Japan Limited
mechanical engineers:   Shin Nippon Setsubi Consultant Engineers Office
general contractors JV:   Takenaka Corporation, Obayashi Corporation, Fujita Construction, Zenidaka Corporation, Matsumura-gumi Corporation, Sharle, Daisue Construction, Seibu Construction, Otetsu Construction, Imanishi Construction
website:   www.gco.co.jp
sources:  

[Shinkenchiku] 2000/5 pages 76-87

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 108-113

1998.12

NEW WING OF THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM

ヴァン・ゴッホ美術館新館

+ Bureau Bouwkunde F.B., Rotterdam

address:   Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, 1071CX, Netherlands
total floor area:   5000 m²
building area:   820 m²
site area:   4260 m²
number of storeys:   2 + 1 basement
structure:   reinforced concrete, steel frame roof
structural engineers:   Adviesbureau D3BN Civiel Ingeneurs
mechanical engineers:   Huisman En Van Muijen B.V.
general contractor:   Van Eestern B.V., Barendrecht
website:   www.vangoghmuseum.com
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 96-99

[Nikkei Architecture] 08/1999, pages 134-141

1998.03

KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KLIA)

address:   Sepang, Malaysia
total floor area:   terminal building: 170,640 m²; contact pier: 92,400 m²; satellite building: 142,890 m²
building area:   terminal building: 42,202 m²; contact pier: 37,119 m²; satellite building: 79,321 m²
site area:   100 km²
number of storeys:   terminal building: 5 + 1 basement; contact pier: 4; satellite building: 3 + 1 basement
structure:   reinforced concrete with steel roof
structural engineers:   Sepakat Setia Perunding + Pacific Consultants International
mechanical engineers:   Ranhill Bersekutu
general contractors JV:   terminal building: Perspec, Taisei, Kajima, Shimizu, Hazama Consortium; satellite building: UEM, PNSB, HOHUP, Takenaka, Sato, Mitsui Consortium
website:   www.klia.com.my
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 100-107

1997

FUJINOMIYA GOLF CLUB CLUBHOUSE

address:   Nonaka, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
total floor area:   3179 m²
building area:   2101 m²
site area:   467,688 m²
number of storeys:   2 + 1 basement
structure:   steel, partly reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Takumi Orimoto Structural Engineer & Associates
mechanical engineers:   Kenchiku Setsubi Sekkei Kenkyusho
general contractor:   Kajima Corporation
website:   www.golf-in-japan.com/oneRecord.php?ID=193
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 92-95

1995

SHIGA KOGEN ROMAN ART MUSEUM

address:   Kanbayashi, Yamanouchi, Nagano
total floor area:   1684 m²
building area:   1015 m²
site area:   2984 m²
number of storeys:   2
structure:   reinforced concrete and wood
structural engineers:   Takumi Orimoto Structural Engineer & Associates
general contractors JV:   Matsumura Gumi Corporation, Moriya Construction
website:   www.town.yamanouchi.nagano.jp/roman/toppage.htm
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 88-91

1994

HIMEJI CITY HEALTH AND WELFARE CENTER

address:  

3 Sakata-machi, Himeji city, Hyogo

total floor area:   13,076 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Osaka / Kobe] page 313

1993

SHIROTOPIA MEMORIAL PARK REST HOUSE - SENKANTEI

address:  

68 Hon-machi, Himeji city, Hyogo

total floor area:   126 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Osaka / Kobe] page 312

1993

PACIFIC TOWER

address:   Tour Pacific, 11 Cours Valmy, La Défense 7, Paris, France
total floor area:   58,367 m²
building area:   3100 m²
site area:   3100 m²
number of storeys:   25 + 2 basements
structure:   steel and reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   SARI Ingenieri, Paris; Ove Arup & Partners
mechanical engineers:   SARI Ingenieri, Paris
general contractor:   JAF
website:   www.parisdefense.com
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 86-87

1991

MIKI HOUSE NEW OFFICE BUILDING

address:  

1-76-2 Wakabayashi-cho, Yao city

total floor area:   14,221 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Osaka / Kobe] page 120

1989

ATHLETIC CLUB

address:   211 North Stetson Avenue, Chicago IL, USA
total floor area:   10,450 m²
building area:   1975 m²
site area:   1888 m²
number of storeys:   6
structure:   reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   CBW Engineers
mechanical engineers:   Cosentini Associates Inc.
general contractor:   EW Corrigan Construction
website:   www.isac.com/illinoiscenter
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 84-85

1988

JAPANESE-GERMAN CENTER BERLIN

address:   Hiroshimastr. 6, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
total floor area:   7745 m²
building area:   1925 m²
site area:   9135 m²
number of storeys:   4 + 1 basement
structure:   reinforced concrete and brickwork
general contractors JV:   Kajima Corporation, Takenaka Corporation
website:   www.de.emb-japan.go.jp
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 76-79

1988.08
HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

address:   1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami ward, Hiroshima
total floor area:   9291 m²
number of storeys:   2 + 2 basements
structure:   reinforced concrete, partly steel reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Zoken Consultant
mechanical engineers:   Sogo Consultants
general contractors JV:   Shimizu Corporation, Dai Nippon Construction, Matsumoto Construction, Nishiki Construction + Daigo Construction
website:   www.hcmca.cf.city.hiroshima.jp
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 80-83

[www.arch-hiroshima.net/arch-hiroshima/arch/delta_east/moca_e.html]

1987.12

CHOKASO

address:  

Ichigayasadohara-cho, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo

maps:   [Yahoo]
total floor area:   999 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Tokyo] page 86

1984

THE NATIONAL BUNRAKU THEATRE

address:  

1-12-10 Nipponbashi, Chuo ward, Osaka

total floor area:   13,211 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Osaka / Kobe] page 69

1984.09

ROPPONGI PRINCE HOTEL

address:  

3-2-7 Roppongi, Minato ward, Tokyo

maps:   [Yahoo]
total floor area:   13,368 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Tokyo] page 47

1984.04

WACOAL KOJIMACHI BUILDING

ワコール麹町ビル

address:  

1-1-2 Kojimachi, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Japanese:   東京都千代田区麹町1-1-2
lat, long:   35°41'01.7N 139°44'34.5E
maps:   [Google] [Yahoo]
total floor area:   8,353 m²
sources:  

[Architectural Map of Tokyo] page 53

[Tajima Noriyuki: Tokio] pages 48-49

[Agematsu, Yuji: Japanese Architecture Today; in: Gatti, Franco: Rethinking Japan - Literature, visual arts & linguistics] page 44

1982

SUGINAMI WARD CENTRAL LIBRARY

address:  

3-40 Ogikubo, Suginami ward, Tokyo

maps:   [Yahoo]
total floor area:   4,397 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Tokyo] page 175

1982.03

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SAITAMA

address:   Tokiwa, Urawa ward, Saitama city, Saitama
total floor area:   8577 m²
building area:   2238 m²
site area:   46,457 m²
number of storeys:   3 + 1 basement
structure:   steel and reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Zoken Consultant
mechanical engineers:   Sogo
general contractors JV:   Toda Corporation, Wako Construction Co., Ltd.
awards:  

1983 Building Constructors Society Award

website:   www. saitama-j.or.jp/~momas
sources:  

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 74-75

1980.12

SHOTO CLUB

address:  

1-9-1 Shoto, Shibuya ward, Tokyo

Japanese:   東京都渋谷区松濤1-9-1
maps:   [Google]
total floor area:   993 m²
source:   [Architectural Map of Tokyo] page 36

1977.10 (additional construction completed in 1983 and 1989 and 1996)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY

address:   10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita city, Osaka
maps:   [Yahoo]
total floor area:   38,580 m² (1996: 51,235 m²)
building area:   12,849 m²
site area:   41,000 m²
number of storeys:   4 + 3 penthouse
structure:   reinforced concrete, steel frame partly encased in concrete
structural engineers:   Gengo Matsui + ORS
mechanical engineers:   Kenchiku Setsubi Sekkei Kenkyusho
general contractor:   Takenaka Corporation
awards:  

1978 Mainichi Art Award

1979 Building Constructors Society Award

1990 Public Architecture Award

website:   www.minpaku.ac.jp
sources:  

[Architectural Map of Osaka / Kobe] page 156

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 60-63

1976

AOYAMA BELL COMMONS

address:  

2-14-6 Kita-Aoyama, Minato ward, Tokyo

Japanese:   東京都港区北青山2-14-6
maps:   [Google]

1976

SONY TOWER OSAKA

address:   1-1-10 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo ward, Osaka
maps:   [Yahoo]
total floor area:   3,941 m²
building area:   467 m²
site area:   490 m²
number of storeys:   10 + 2 basements
structure:   steel structure reinforced concrete, partly steel
materials:   roof: quarry tiles on asphalt waterproof; exterior walls: precast concrete panels with cast in-situ marble finish, steel panels
structural engineers:   Gengo Matsui + ORS
general contractor:   Takenaka Corporation
awards:  

1977 Japan Sign Design Association, Gold Prize

1977 Hiroba Award

source:  

[Architectural Map of Osaka / Kobe] page 62

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 56-59

1975

FUKUOKA BANK HEADQUARTERS

address:   Naka ward, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
total floor area:   30,814 m²
building area:   2904 m²
site area:   4143 m²
number of storeys:   12 + 4 basements
structure:   steel and reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Gengo Matsui + ORS
mechanical engineers:   Inuzuka Engineering Consultants
acoustic engineers:   Minoru Nagata Acoustic Engineer and Associates
lighting designers:   Motoko Ishii Design Consultants
general contractor:   Takenaka Corporation
award:   1977 Building Constructors Society Award
website:  

www.fukuokabank.co.jp

source:   [Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 54-55

1973.11

CAPSULE HOUSE K

address:   Mori Izumi, Nagano
total floor area:   103 m²
building area:   75 m²
site area:   2314 m²
number of storeys:   1 + 1 basement
structure:   steel, partly reinforced concrete
general contractor:   Taisei Corporation
source:   [Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 50-53

1972.03

NAKAGIN CAPSULE TOWER

中銀カプセルタワービル

address:   8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo ward, Tokyo
Japanese:   東京都中央区銀座8-16-10
lat, long:   35°39'56.5N 139°45'48.5E
maps:   [Google] [Yahoo]
© robert baum tokyo, 19 July 2010
© robert baum tokyo, 19 July 2010
total floor area:   3,091 m²
building area:   430 m²
site area:   442 m²
number of storeys:   11 / 13 + 1 basement
structure:   structural steel frame partly encased in concrete, 140 capsule units
materials:   towers: corten structural steel frame; lower portion: fair-faced reinforced concrete; capsule exterior: steel with sprayed paint finish; capsule interior: steel capsule with cloth ceiling and floor carpet
structural engineers:   Gengo Matsui + ORS
electrical engineers:   Electrical Equipment Planning Laboratory
general contractor:   Taisei Corporation
capsule manufacturer:   Daimaru Design and Engineering Division
sources:  

[Architectural Map of Tokyo] page 113

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 44-49

1967.07

RESORT CENTER YAMAGATA HAWAII DREAMLAND

address:   Yamagata
total floor area:   5758 m²
building area:   3638 m²
site area:   13,500 m²
number of storeys:   2
structure:   reinforced concrete, partly steel
structural engineers:   Gengo Matsui + ORS
mechanical engineers:   Soh Mechanical Electrical Corporation
general contractor:   Sagae Construction Company
source:   [Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 36-39

This building was torn down in 1975 and residential houses were later built on this site.

1967.05

SAGAE CITY HALL

address:   Sagae city, Yamagata
total floor area:   4736 m²
building area:   1637 m²
site area:   9997 m²
number of storeys:   5
structure:   reinforced concrete, partly suspension
structural engineers:   Gengo Matsui + ORS
general contractor:   Sagae Construction Company
sources:  

[JA] 57 - DOCOMOMO Japan: the 100 Selections

[Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 40-43

In 2004, Sagae City Hall was selected by the organization Docomomo Japan as one of 100 distinct Japanese modern architectures built prior to 1970.

1965.06

CENTRAL LODGE FOR NATIONAL CHILDREN'S LAND

address:   Yokohama city, Kanagawa
total floor area:   576 m²
building area:   351 m²
number of storeys:   2
structure:   steel, reinforced concrete
structural engineers:   Suzuki Institute for Structural Research
general contractor:   Takenaka Corporation
award:   8th Takamura Kotaro Award
source:   [Kisho Kurokawa - Metabolism and Symbiosis] pages 32-35

books

publications


「水/ドミノ/関係性」 - Mizu / Domino / Kankei-sei

'Water / Domino / Relationship'

in: Shinkenchiku, 2000/5

K. Kurokawa, T. Ito

pages 88-91

 

JA 18, Summer 1995

Flickr tag : kishokurokawa

The National Art Center, Tokyo
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Musée d'Art contemporain d'Hiroshima - MOCA -
Nakagin Capsule Tower
National Art Center (2)
National Art Center (1)
The National Art Center
National Art Center
National Art Center_painting
National_Art center_Kisho KUROKAWA (5)
National Art center_Kisho KUROKAWA (4)
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Glass louvers at National Art Center
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Kisho Kurokawa-National Art Center 2
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Japanese Nursing Association
Japanese Nursing Association
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Kisho Kurokawa's National Art Musem, close-up
Kisho Kurokawa's National Art Museum Curtain Wall, from below