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Arata Isozaki

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Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is known for using bold, exaggerated forms and inventive detailing. He often integrates Eastern ideas into his designs.

Born:

July 23, 1931 in Oita, Kyushu, Japan

Education of Arata Isozaki:

  • 1954: University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering
  • Apprenticed with architect Kenzo Tange

Important Buildings by Arata Isozaki:

Arata Isozaki is known for using bold, exaggerated forms and inventive detailing. His works include:
  • 1971-1974: Gumma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Takasaki City, Japan
  • 1981-1986: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989-1990: Team Disney Building in Orlando, Florida
  • 1992: Sports Hall, Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1995: Kyoto Concert Hall, Japan
  • 2005: Shenzhen Cultural Center, China
  • 2013: Qatar National Library, Doha

Arata Isozaki's Influences:

Many critics have identified Arata Isozaki with the imaginative, Japanese New Wave movement known as Metabolism.

Arata Isozaki & Associates:

Address:
9-6--17 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 Japan
Web Sites:
arataisozaki.org/
Arata Isozaki & Associates

About Arata Isozaki:

Born and educated in Japan, Arata Isozaki often integrates Eastern ideas into his designs.

For example, Isozaki wanted to express a yin-yang theory of positive and negative space when he designed the Team Disney Building in Orlando, Florida. Also, because the offices were to be used by time-conscious executives, he wanted the architecture to make a statement about time.

Serving as offices for the Walt Disney Corporation, the Team Disney Building is a startling landmark on the otherwise barren stretch of Florida's Route I-4. The oddly looped gateway suggests gigantic Mickey Mouse ears. At the building's core, a 120-foot sphere forms the world's largest sundial. Inside the sphere is a serene Japanese rock garden.

Isozaki's Team Disney design won a prestigious National Honor Award from the AIA in 1992.

References:
Metropolitan Museum of Art

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