Kagawa Prefectural Government Office East Building
A piece of architectural heritage that celebrates the beauty of traditional Japan
The Kagawa Prefectural Government Office East Building (formerly the main building), is said to be the representative work of Tange Kenzo's early career. Tange Kenzo was the first Japanese architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize of the architectural world. Blending modernist architecture with traditional Japanese elements, this building is praised as one of the most important works in the history of architecture.
The modern exterior, with its use of concrete to emulate the posts and beams of traditional Japanese architecture, and the welcoming atmosphere that overturned the authoritative feel of public office buildings common in the day, are both defining features of this building. When the old Kagawa Prefectural Government Office Building was destroyed in a fire during World War II, the governor at the time made the following requests for the design of the new building—it should be “fitting for the main building of tourism in Kagawa” and “fitting for government offices in the age of democracy”. Tange designed the East Building (former main building) with these requests in mind. The open design of the lobby, with its use of columns and glass that naturally create an inviting atmosphere for visitors, became the model for post-war government buildings.
Also, on the first floor of the building, the ceramic tile wall art created by Kagawa-born artist, Inokuma Genichiro, has a commanding presence. The name of this piece, “Wakeiseijaku—Harmony, Respect, Purity, Tranquility”, is inspired by the spirit of the tea ceremony, which also reflects the democratic ideal of “respecting others”.
Be sure to check out the English pamphlet available at the reception desk on the first floor of the East Building.
Also, during your visit you can stop by the free Observation Lounge on the 21st floor of the Kagawa Prefectural Government Office Main Building.
|Open||8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.|
|Closed||Weekends, national holidays, New Year's holidays|