Kurokawa, who made his world debut in 1960 at age 26, led a style known as the Metabolism Movement, advocating a shift from "machine principle" to "life principle" literally work and architectural designs based on themes including ecology, recycling and intermediate space.
His major works include the National Ethnological Museum in Tokyo, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia that encompasses palm trees and rain forest, the National Art Center in Tokyo's posh Roppongi that looks like a wavy curtain, as well as the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Kurokawa received the Gold Medal from France's Academy of Architecture in 1986, and most recently the Chicago Athenaeum Museum International Architecture Award in 2006.
WAN interviews Dennis Sharp from DoCoMoMo about the life of Kisho Kurokawa - listen to the podcast this Friday 19 October.
Main Image: Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa in front of his curvaceous new wing of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.