April 8th Birthday Love: Kisho Kurokawa

Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa (黒川 紀章) was born on April 8th, 1924 in Kanie, Aichi, and was a founding father of the Metabolist movement of architecture.

The idea of the 1960’s post-war Metabolist movement was to create megastructures that honored organic and biological growth.

One of his most unique designs is the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which houses both residents and offices, and is located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan.

Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan
View of some of the prefabricated capsules which made up the Kisho Kurokawa-designed Nakagin Capsule Tower located in Ginza, Tokyo.
Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Completed in 1972.

He was the architect for the National Art Center in Minato District, Roppongi, Tokyo.

A specially decorated tree and and queuing visitors outside Tokyo’s Kisho Kurokawa-designed National Art Centre during the ‘YAYOI KUSAMA: My Eternal Soul’ exhibition.
Interior of the modern design of National Art Museum in Minato District, Roppongi, Tokyo. The architect for the museum was Kisho Kurokawa.
Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musee Inside National Art Center Tokyo (NACT) (Kokuritsu Shin-Bijutsukan). Designed by Kisho Kurokawa, Located in Roppongi district
The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo

He was also the creator of the beautiful spire of Wheelock Place on Orchard Road in Singapore.

View of the glass pyramid of Wheelock Place, designed by Kisho Kurokawa, Orchard Road, Singapore.

While holding to natural patterns, he created a variety of different designs. Here is a another unique structure by Kisho Kurokawa, the Nagoya City Art Museum.

Nagoya City Art Museum was constructed by one of the leading Japanese architects Kisho Kurokawa.

Along with Gerrit Rietveld, Kisho Kurokawa was a designer of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Van Gogh Museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. The building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Kisho Kurokawa.
Van Gogh Museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. The building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Kisho Kurokawa.

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of the works of this Metabolist master. I could explore these buildings all day!

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