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Arata Isozaki, Japanese Architect


Arata Isozaki

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.


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:

9-6--17 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 Japan
Web Sites:
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.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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