Yoshinobu Ashihara

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Yoshinobu Ashihara
Native name 芦原 義信
Born 7 July 1918
Tokyo
Died 24 September 2003 (aged 85)
Tokyo
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Occupation Architect
Known for Sony Building, Komazawa Gymnasium

Yoshinobu Ashihara (芦原 義信 Ashihara Yoshinobu?, 7 July 1918 – 24 September 2003) was a Japanese architect noted for projects such as the Komazawa Olympic Gymnasium (1964) and the Sony Building (1966).

Education and Career[edit]

Ashihara was educated at both the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard in 1953 with a master's degree in Architecture, Ashihara worked in the architectural practice of modernist Marcel Breuer. Founder of his own firm Yoshinobu Ashihara Architecture Associates in 1956.

In the later stages of his career, he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. President of the Japan Institute of Architects from 1980 - 1982 and the Architectural Institute of Japan from 1985 - 1987.[1]

He was the recipient of both the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Order of Culture.

Projects[edit]

Project Date Location Image
Komazawa Olympic Gymnasium and Control Tower[2] 1964 Setagaya, Tokyo Komazawa Gymnasium & Control Tower 2009.jpg
Atelier, Musashino Art University[3] 1964 Kodaira, Tokyo
Sony Building[3][4] 1966 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo Sony Building Tokyo.jpg
Fuji Film Building[3] 1969 Minato, Tokyo
National Museum of Japanese History[3] 1980 Sakura, Chiba National Museum of Japanese History 2008.jpg
Headquarters, Daiichi Kangyō Bank[3] 1981 Chiyoda, Tokyo Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (head office).jpg
Gotenshita Memorial Arena, University of Tokyo[3] 1989 Hongō, Bunkyō, Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre[3][5] 1990 Toshima, Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space 01.jpg
Okayama Symphony Hall[6] 1991 Okayama, Okayama Okayama symphony hall01s3s3300.jpg
Film Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo[7] 1994 Chiyoda, Tokyo MOMAT FilmCenter.jpg
Ishikawa Ongakudō[8] 2001 Kanazawa, Ishikawa Ishikawa Kenritsu Ongakudo.jpg

Publications[edit]

Ashihara published a large number of architecture focused studies and texts, most prominent being The Aesthetic Townscape (Japanese first edition 1979 and English translation in 1983) and the Hidden Order: Tokyo through the Twentieth Century (Japanese first edition 1986, English translation in 1989).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoshinobu Ashihara - Biography". Yoshinobu Ashihara Digital Forum. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Komazawa Olympic Gymnasium and Control". Yoshinobu Ashihara Digital Forum. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Watanabe Hiroshi (2001). The Architecture of Tōkyō. Edition Axel Menges. ISBN 3-930698-93-5. 
  4. ^ "Sony Building - History". Sony. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Concert Hall". Nagata Acoustics. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall". Nagata Acoustics. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  7. ^ 1990年代 (in Japanese). Yoshinobu Ashihara Digital Forum. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall". Nagata Acoustics. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 

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