Kiyonori Kikutake (菊竹 清訓 Kikutake Kiyonori) (April 1, 1928 – December 26, 2011) was a prominent Japanese architect known as one of the founders of the Japanese Metabolist group. He was also the tutor and employer of several important Japanese architects, such as Toyo Ito, Shōzō Uchii and Itsuko Hasegawa.
Kikutake is best known for his "Marine City" project of 1958, which formed part of the Metabolist Manifesto launched at the World Design Conference in Tokyo in 1960 under the leadership of Kenzo Tange. He, along with fellow member Kisho Kurokawa was invited to exhibit work at the "Visionary Architecture" exhibition in New York of 1961, through which the Metabolists gained international recognition. Kikutake continued his practice until his death in 2011, producing several key public buildings throughout Japan, as well as lecturing internationally. He was also the President and then Honorary President of the Japan Institute of Architects.
Kikutake was the recipient of numerous awards both in his native Japan and internationally. These include the Japan Academy of Architecture Prize (1970) and the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes) Auguste Perret Prize (1978).
List of works
- Sky House, Tokyo, 1958
- Marine City, 1958
- Tatebayashi Civic Centre, 1963
- Administrative building of Izumo Shrine, 1963
- Pacific Hotel, Chigasaki, 1966
- Miyakonojo Civic Hall, 1966
- Expo Tower, Expo '70, Osaka, 1969
- Matsumi Tower, 1976
- Tanabe Art Museum, 1979
- Hotel Seiyo, Ginza, Tokyo, 1987
- Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1993
- Hotel Sofitel, Tokyo, 1994
- Shimane Art Museum, 1999
- National Showa Memorial Museum, 1999
- Kyushu National Museum, 2005
- Kisho Kurokawa, "The Origin and History of the Metabolist Movement" - Charles Jencks, Kisho Kurokawa. Studio Vista, 1976
- Botond Bognar, "Beyond the Bubble: Contemporary Japanese Architecture" ; Phaidon, 2008
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