A Modern Planned City with a Sense of Postmodern Irony

Tsukuba Center Building

The Tsukuba Center Building, completed in 1983, is a composite facility located in Tsukuba Science City’s urban axis, an area permeated with universities, the city center, and research institutes. Located some 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, the new city was designed to create urban vigor. By infusing the largest planned city in Japan with a postmodern style, the architect, Arata Isozaki, used the work, based on his theories from the 1960s, to reveal the unplanned nature of the city, which took an excessive amount of time to complete.

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  • Tsukuba Center Building

    Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

    Arata Isozaki

    1983

    Courtesy of Urban Renaissance Energy

  • Tsukuba Center Building

    Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

    Arata Isozaki

    1983

    Courtesy of Urban Renaissance Energy