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The advocate world peace - Hiroshima Peace Center

Hiroshima, Japan, The children peace monument in Hiroshima Peace Park

The Hiroshima Peace Center is the first major and most famous project of the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange . The center is designed following a competition that was launched in 1946. The peace center would be at that location in Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb during World War II the city was obliterated. In 1949 the choice for the design was of architect Tange. The construction lasted from 1950 to 1956.

The peace center consists of a large area which includes three separate buildings and a monument. The buildings include a community center, a memorial museum and an auditorium with a hotel. These three buildings form a central line. The Memorial Museum, where all documentation is stored on the bomb and its consequences stands in the middle of this line. Behind this is a large square, the Peace Plaza, where a memorial for all victims of the atomic bomb state. Over the entire area is storage for up to 50,000 people at a memorial to live.

The Memorial Museum is located between the auditorium and in the community. With its central location and different construction dominates the museum on the complex. The building stands on columns, making it float six meters above the ground. These pillars are placed in an alternating rhythm. The concrete structure of columns is clearly visible and the rest of the building consists of unfinished concrete with glass surfaces. The vertical bearing elements of the only floor from the inside out are in rhythmic order. The volume is accessible by a freestanding staircase.

The other two buildings are part of columns and partially on the ground. They are as it were the outbuildings of the museum. The three buildings in a line form the background to the Peace Plaza. The memorial on the square is also designed by Kenzo Tange. The monument binds together the various structures, its saddle-like, parabolic shape. The artwork does not just think of modern technology, but also refers to Haniwa old Japanese houses.

The complex shows a synthesis see Japanese traditions and international architecture. This is a major merger in the postwar Japanese architecture. The Hiroshima Peace Center were placed in 1996 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.