On what would have been Japanese architect Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday the Japanese version of internet search engine Google has honoured him with a special Google Doodle. The black and white sketch shows a cartoon of the architect with one of his creations topped with the word ‘Google’ standing out starkly in its classic colours. The Google Doodle will be on display until 23.59 today (4 September 2013) and can be viewed here.
Kenzo Tange founded Tange Associates in 1946, a successful Japanese architecture firm whose legacy is today continued by his son, Paul Noritaka Tange. During his reign at the head of the firm, Kenzo Tange designed more than 330 buildings and masterplans across 31 countries, combining modernism with traditional Japanese styles. For his contributions to the architecture industry Tange was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Royal Gold Medal and the AIA Gold Medal.
In May 2012, Tange’s son Paul completed One Raffles Place Tower Two in Singapore’s Central Business District in collaboration with SAA Architects as the counterpart to his father’s original tower One Raffles Place Tower One. The sparkling form erupts from the urban scene, taking the diagonal planes of its crystalline external arrangement from the spacing of the windows in its partner building.