Design that Escaped the Gravity of Conventional Wisdom

Uchinoura Space Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

This rocket launch complex, completed in 1962, was based on a grand design for building supersonic, sub-orbital rockets that might one day replace conventional transport aircrafts. It is one of only a few such facilities to be built in a mountainous region. Architect Kiyoshi Ikebe designed the complex according to his unique theory of form. The common postwar belief that Japan had lost the war due to shortcomings in logic and science inspired him to realize a design that escaped the gravity, so to speak, of conventional wisdom.

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  • Uchinoura Space Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

    Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture

    Kiyoshi Ikebe, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

    1962

    http://global.jaxa.jp/about/centers/usc/index.html 

    Photo credit: Shokokusha Photographers

  • Uchinoura Space Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

    Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture

    Kiyoshi Ikebe, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

    1962

    http://global.jaxa.jp/about/centers/usc/index.html 

    Photo credit: Shokokusha Photographers