“Heart of the City” in Kenzo Tange’s Hometown

Imabari City Office Complex (City Hall, City Assembly, and Public Hall)

Imabari, an industrial city facing the Seto Inland Sea, was the hometown of world-renowned architect Kenzo Tange. Tange designed the Imabari City Hall and City Assembly (1958) and the Imabari Public Hall (1965) as a gift to the city. The three buildings all have exposed concrete finishes and are functionalist in design but their different forms give them distinct characters. They surround a courtyard, also designed by Tange, and convey a sense of harmony. The design of the complex was Tange’s response to discussions at the 1951 meeting of the International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM VIII), which focused on the functionality and symbolism of the “Heart of the City.”

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  • Imabari City Office Complex (City Hall, City Assembly, and Public Hall)

    Imabari, Ehime Prefecture

    Kenzo Tange 

    1958, 1965

  • Imabari City Office Complex (City Hall, City Assembly, and Public Hall)

    Imabari, Ehime Prefecture

    Kenzo Tange 

    1958, 1965