Kishō Kurokawa Kishō Kurokawa(黒川紀章,; Nagoya8 april 1934 - 12 October 2007) was a Japanese architect and one of the founders of an architectural movement that is called metabolism .


[hide]*1 Biography


Kurokawa studied in 1957 at the Kyoto University in architecture. He continued his studies at the University of Tokyo, including Tange Kenzo, and gained his PhD in 1964.

With a number of colleagues, he founded a movement whose members came on in 1960 as metabolists. It was a radical Japanese avant-garde movement that mixing and recycling of architectural styles around an Asian context. The flow was successful, culminating in the appreciation for the Takara Cotillion Beautillion at the 1970 world's fairin Osaka. A short time later, the movement fell apart. The architect called himself philosopher preferably.

Kurokawa has a daughter from his first marriage. His second wife, Ayako Wakao, is an actress from the fifties and sixties. A younger brother of Kurokawa, itself an industrial designer, worked in a number of architecture projects along with Kurokawa.

Kurokawa is the founder and Director of Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates, established on 8 april 1962. The company has its head office in Tokyo, and branch offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Astana (Kazakhstan), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Beijing (China).


(ordered by year of completion)


  • Nakagin Capsule Tower (Ginza, Tokyo, 1970-1972)
  • Sony Tower (Osaka, 1972-1976)
  • Tateshina Planetarium (Hiroshima, 1976)
  • Headquarters of the Japanese Red Cross (Tokyo, 1975-1977)
  • National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, 1973-1977)


[1][2]Saitama Prefectural Museum of modern art*Saitama Prefectural Museum of modern art (Saitama, 1978-1982)

  • National Bunraku Theater (Osaka, 1979-1983)
  • Wacoal Kojimachi building (Tokyo, 1982-1984)
  • Chokaso (Tokyo, 1985-1987)
  • Nagoya art museum (Nagoya, 1983-1987)
  • Japanese-German Center (Berlin, 1985-1988)
  • Osaka Prefectural Government building (Osaka, 1988)
  • Hiroshima City Museum of contemporary art (Hiroshima, 1988-1989)


  • Chinese-Japanese Youth Center (Beijing, 1987-1990)
  • Okinawa Prefectural Government Headquarters (Okinawa, 1988-1990)
  • The Sporting Club at Illinois Center (Chicago, 1987-1990)
  • Melbourne Central (Melbourne, 1986-1991)
  • Miki House Office Center (Osaka, 1985-1991)
  • Nara City Museum of photography (Nara, 1989-1991)
  • Louvain-La-Neuve Museum (Belgium, 1990-1992)
  • Pacific Tower (Paris, 1988-1992)
  • Lane Crawford Place (Singapore, 1990-1993)
  • Senkantei (Hyōgo, 1992-1993)
  • Ehime museum of science of Science (Ehime, 1991-1994)
  • Ishibashi high school (Tochigi, 1992-1994)
  • Wakayama modern art Museum (Wakayama, 1990-1994)
  • Hotel Kyocera (Kagoshima, 1991-1995)
  • Kibi-cho City Hall (Wakayama, 1993-1995)
  • Republic Plaza (Singapore, 1986-1995)
  • Fukui City art museum (Fukui, 1993-1996)
  • Softopia Japan (Gifu, 1990-1996)
  • Fujinomiya Golf Club (Shizuoka, 1994-1997)
  • Kashima-machi City Hall (Kumamoto, 1995-1997)
  • Shiga Kogen Roman Art Museum (Yamanouchi, 1994-1997)
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Kuala Lumpur, 1992-1998)
  • New wing of the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, 1990-1998)
  • Amber Hall (Kuji, 1996-1999)
  • O Residence (Tokyo, 1997-1999)



  • Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture

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