A Concrete Castle of Culture
This uniquely shaped structure, erected on the remains on the castle in Tsuyama, was built in 1965 as a regional culture center. The structural components, which formally incorporate a type of support member used in Buddhist architecture, hold up a series of successively larger planes. The building was made with precast concrete, a state-of-the-art technology at the time. The Brutalist building, which strikes a contrast to the stone castle walls, was realized with the help of some of Japan’s most prominent graphic designers and structural engineers. After World War II, the structure helped revive the glories of regional culture of the past in a contemporary manner.