Kenzo Tange’s Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium to be demolished due to high cost of repairs

In February, it was announced that Kenzo Tange’s Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium in Takamatsu, Japan, will be demolished. Tange designed the structure in 1964. The structure had hosted local sporting events for 50 years before it closed in 2014 due to a leaky roof. The issue, according to the World Monuments Fund (WMF), “was caused by the rusting of the suspension cables, which need to be replaced for the building to remain in use.” Further improvements were required to strengthen the building against earthquakes. An estimate for the fixes totaled nearly $15 million in American currency, and the local government of the prefecture, located on Shikoku Island in southern

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