Aging, landmark buildings by famed architects pose headaches for local officials

Aging, landmark buildings by famed architects pose headaches for local officials
The Kagawa Prefectural Gym in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, was designed by Pritzker-winning architect Kenzo Tange

When internationally renowned architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) designed the uniquely shaped Kagawa Prefectural Gym here, it was during a time well before the adoption of modern quake resistance standards.

Today, seismic retrofitting work for the building resembling a giant ship is proving to be a big headache for the prefectural government. The shape of the structure, completed in 1964, required the construction of an expensive special scaffolding.

The Kagawa prefectural government had planned to begin the retrofitting work in spring, but three biddings held between November and February failed to attract any contractor. The estimated price for the project was raised to about 814 million yen ($7.9 million) from 578 million yen.

Still, no contractors came forward during the bidding process.

“The contract rate is too low,” said Koichi Morita, chairman of the Kagawa prefectural association of general contractors. “The gym is of a unique design, so the work cannot help but be more expensive.”

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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