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Thursday, 5th September 2013
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Google celebrates famous Japanese architect

Google has paid homage to one of Japan's greatest ever architects, Kenzo Tange with a special doodle on the Japanese version of its homepage.

The doodle marked what would have been Tange's 100th birthday on Wednesday, September 4th. It showed an image of Tange standing above a model of one of his most famous buildings, the Yoyogi National Gymnasium - designed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Tange was considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and was renowned for his combining of traditional Japanese ideas with modern designs and building techniques and some of the architect's other most recognisable works include the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall.

Tange is also known for the design of his own home, which was completed in 1953 and is based on a traditional Japanese module design, with the largest rooms designed so that they can be separated into three smaller rooms by sliding doors.

He passed away in 2005 at the age of 91.

Written by Mark Smith

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