Kenzō Tange's Buildings Will Make You Believe In A Better Future

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These buildings by Kenzō Tange (1913-2005) look like matte paintings from futuristic movies — but they're actually some of the most unique megastructures in the world. One of the most famous architects of the 20th century, Tange combined traditional Japanese styles with modern architectural solutions and forms.

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Nichinan Cultural Center, Nichinan, completed in 1962.

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St. Mary's Cathedral, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan, completed in 1964, builds up from eight hyperbolic parabolas covered with stainless steel.

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Kagawa Prefecture Gymnasium, Takamatsu, Japan, 1964

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Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, built to house the swimming and diving events of the 1964 Summer Olympics, but it also will host the handball competitions during Tokyo's second Summer Olympics in 2020.

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Yamanashi Broadcasting and Press Centre, opened in 1966, designed for three media companies in Kōfu, Japan: a radio station, a television studio and a newspaper printing plant. All of the services are inside the 16 reinforced concrete columns.

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Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center, Ginza District, Tokyo, Japan, built in 1967

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Embassy of the State of Kuwait, Tokyo, Japan, 1970

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Tokyo Metropolitan Governent Building (also referred to as Tokyo City Hall), completed in December 1990. Its towers are 48 and 37 stories (including three below ground) tall.

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Shinjuku Park Tower, Shinjuku, Tokyo, completed in 1994. The three elements are named S, (771 ft or 235 m) C (686 ft or 209 m) and N (597 ft or 182 m). The lover eight stories are full with stores, between 9 and 37 are offices, and the luxury Park Hyatt Tokyo is on the top.

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Fuji Broadcasting Center (also known as Fuji TV Headquarters), Tokyo, completed in 1997

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