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Google Japan pays tribute to Kenzo Tange

News: today's Google Doodle in Japan celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

Kenzo Tange, who passed away in 2005, was a twentieth-century Modernist and the designer of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, which hosted gymnastic and swimming events during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. This building is pictured alongside Tange in the Google Japan doodle.

Yoyogi National Gymnasium by Kenzo Tange
Yoyogi National Gymnasium

The architect founded his studio in 1946 and his best-known buildings include the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall. He also gained recognition for the design of his own home. Tange Associates continues in his legacy.

Other prolific architects to have featured in Google's changing logo illustrations include Antoni Gaudí, who would have celebrated his 161st birthday this June, and Mies van der Rohe, whose doodle featured the Crown Hall campus in Chicago. Graphic designer Saul Bass was also recently highlighted.

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