A pupil of Kenzo Tange, Arata Isozaki set up his own practice in Tokyo in the 1960s. His early work is clearly influenced by his master in the brutalist manner. But with the Fukuoka Bank his own language emerged and by the 1970s he had become leader of Japan's avant-garde. The Gunma Museum was his most outstanding work of that period.
In the 1980s Isozaki's first work was the Waseda Sho-Theater and Amphitheater at Togamura, 1980 - 1982. With the Tsukuba Centre building, designed to enliven the very dull Tsukaba Science City north of Tokyo, he embarked on his "schizo-eclectic" phase.
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