わたくしはローマで神々の尺度によって建てられた建築の前で感動した。そこを発ってロンドンに着いた日のことをグロピウスにたどたどしく語った。グロピウスは、近代建築は人間の尺度によって建てられなければならないことをこんこんと語った。

In Rome, I was amazed by the architecture build on a divine scale. The day I left there and arrived in London, I talked to Gropius at length about it. Gropius talked endlessly about how modern architecture must be built on a human scale.

Kenzo Tange, quoted from the January 1954 issue of the magazine “New Architecture”

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Kenzo Tange, Sachio Otani, 1955

わたくしは、広島の平和会館の実施設計にあたって、人間の尺度と社会的人間の尺度の二つの尺度の対位によって建築を構成してみようという野心をもっていた。

In designing the implementation of the Peace Hall in Hiroshima, I had the ambition to construct an architecture by confronting two scales, the human scale and the social scale.

Kenzo Tange, quoted from the January 1954 issue of the magazine “New Architecture”

Tange Kenzo shows his convincion that the scale of architecture will change and get bigger in postwar Japan, and he appeals for ” the escape from the human scale.” He explains that in order to revive a scorched city, it is not possible to build a small buidling as there is a need to build based on a “social scale” that exceeds the “human scale”.

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Tange version Modulor in mm

The building is meticulousely build following his version of Le Corbusier’s modulor, a version based on the Fibonacci sequence, with the human scale defined at 2482mm and the scale of the society as 10514mm.