Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tokyo to London

I was working in the library today, when I noticed something that looked remarkably familiar...
It was in an old special issue of Japan Architect dedicated to the then current 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and featured the Yoyogi National Gymnasium by Kenzo Tange:

Maybe you can see it too...

Non-other than Zaha Hadid's London Aquatics Center for the 2012 London Olympics / Paralymics, possibly my favourite out of all the London 2012 architecture.

I can only assume Zaha reads her Japanese architecture. The symmetry in the above photography is a bit uncanny too

And yet I can find no reference or connection made between the two buildings on the internet. Maybe it's just me?

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