Hiroshima/ Historical Documents

Kenzo Tange’s plan for the Peace Memorial Park

Kenzo Tange’s plan for the Peace Memorial Park was the winning design of the 1949 design competition for Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. A plan with a diagrammatic description of the park is provided to show the locations of each landmark.

It is important to note the difference in the representation of the site plan. The proposal intended for the design competition is oriented to show the Atomic bomb Dome at the bottom of the plan and therefore the plan’s hierarchy. In order to be sensitive to the requirements of audience of the design competition – to represent Hiroshima as a city of peace – Tange consciously made the decision to change the orientation of the plan. While the proposal that was submitted to the 1951 CIAM is oriented according to the proper north.

Kezno Tange’s submission of the Peace Memorial Park to CIAM. Also published in architectural journal, Kenchiku Zasshi © Kenchiku Zasshi, October-November 1949
Kenzo Tange’s submission to the design competition for Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park © Kenchiku Zasshi, October-November 1949
'Diagrammatic Plan of Tange's Peace Memorial Park' © Kenchiku Zasshi, October-November 1949
‘Diagrammatic Plan of Tange’s Peace Memorial Park’ © Kenchiku Zasshi, October-November 1949

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