DOCOMOMO Japan has added Kurayoshi City Hall to its list, “226 Buildings of Modern Movement in Japan”, (DOCOMOMO = Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement).
Kurayoshi City Hall is the 8th building designed by Kenzo Tange to be included. The other 7 Tange projects that are listed include Hiroshima Peace Center (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park), Kagawa Prefectural Government Office, Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tosho Printing Company Haramachi Factory, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo, Yamanashi Press and Broadcasting Center and Imabari City Hall Complex.
Kurayoshi City Hall was added for the evaluation of the following points: 1. Its design fits the natural features and climate of the area; 2. It is a pioneering example of architecture, which realized a universal character that can be seen in governmental buildings of the day, such as civic halls (public space); 3. It has been highly evaluated as a full-fledged governmental building in the earliest stage of the postwar period in Japan; and 4. The original form is essentially kept in good condition.
DOCOMOMO International is a non-profit organization, which has initiated an on-going worldwide movement to list and document outstanding examples of modern architecture in order to help preserve and pass the heritage of these works to future generations. The Japan branch, DOCOMOMO Japan, lists representative buildings for Modern Movement in Japan in cooperation with the Architectural Institute of Japan. They also identify those buildings of historical and cultural value and carry out proposals for preservation and reutilization. The number of buildings on the list has reached 226, with 10 buildings, including Kurayoshi City Hall, newly added this year.