Japanese architect Paul Noritaka Tange, who designed the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, poses for a photograph at his office in Tokyo. Photo: REUTERS/Naoki Ogura
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Two Tokyo Olympics: Father, son design aquatics venues decades apart

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the Yoyogi gymnasium, one of my favourite buildings anywhere...  massive and fantastic...  heaven knows how many million tons of concrete and reinforced steel and yet…  its sheer mass seems somehow unanchored by gravity, just awaiting the slightest touch to send it wheeling...  ponderously pirouetting...  upwards.   (call me fantastical) 

these days it's a bit crowded in by dreck 

wonder why no photos here of it, and the new one....

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The work of Kenzo Tange inspired me to first visit Japan. I love St. Mary's (near Mejiro), Tokyo Union Church (on Omotesando), and of course the Yoyogi Aquatic Centre. Thrilled to read of the family tradition! I am curious as to Tange, Jr.'s name... Paul? Might he be a bicultural/bilingual/dual citizen?

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