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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo (photo by Kakidai on Wikimedia Commons) and the architect behind it, Paul Noritaka Tange.

Japanese Arch. Paul Noritaka Tange to host design and architecture forum for students, practitioners

Paul and Father Kenzo Tange both designed facilities for the Tokyo Olympics, but they did so half a century apart
ANCX Staff | Sep 06 2021

Paul Noritaka Tange, son of iconic Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, has already carved a name for himself in the world of architecture, making an impact in the urban landscapes of Singapore and Japan among others. 

Paul is the current Chairman and Principal Architect of the multi-awarded Tokyo-based Japanese architectural firm, Tange Associates. Founded by his Pritzker Laureate father, Tange Associates is known for combining traditional Japanese artistry with modern perspectives. Their notable projects include the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the Yoyogi Gymnasium, and in the Philippines, The Grand Midori in Makati and Ortigas. 

Both Kenzo and Paul Tange also designed venues for the Tokyo Olympics' swimming and diving events—they did so half a century apart. The former completed the Yoyogi National Stadium in 1964 while the latter designed the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for the recently held 2020 games. On his own, Paul is credited for the UOB Plaza in Singapore and the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo. 

“Everybody is talking about globalization, but globalization is just a midpoint for us to realize how important the local flavor is,” Paul told Design Hotels in an interview, explaining how his firm approaches its work. “That's why whenever we go to different countries, we say, ‘I should have a conversation with the client’—but it’s not only that. We try to understand the culture, traditions, and history—not only of the country but of the city and of that particular site. Because the architecture has to be appreciated by the people there. So it’s about globalization versus locality.”

Real estate developer Federal Land Inc. is inviting architectural students, young practitioners, and design enthusiasts to an educational virtual design forum featuring Paul this Tuesday, September 7. Federal Land Inc. Register by signing up through this link.

Entitled “Japanese Architecture: The Synergy of Culture and Design,” Paul will talk about the significance of culture and environment in designing for the future while challenging the boundaries of design. With more than 400 projects in over 35 countries, Tange brings his expertise and global perspective.

The talk is expected to highlight Paul’s thoughts on transforming the landscape of Asia and the world through design and architecture. He will also share his thoughts on his vision of incorporating Japanese culture and local sensibilities into global design, which ultimately upholds the iconic standards set by his father.

Filipino designers and architects Denise De Castro of DEQA Design Collaborative Principal Architect; Jason Buensalido, Principal Architect and Chief Design Ambassador of Buensalido + Architects; and Arch. Annette Gaddi-Liganor, Managing Partner at GF & Partners Architects, will be joining Paul and give a local perspective on the discussion and share insights on Philippine architecture and design.