Suita City to demolish modernist building

The Senri Newtown Civic Center Building in Suita City, Osaka, will be demolished next spring as growing maintenance costs put a strain on local city finances.

The modernist structure was designed by architect Togo Murano (1891 – 1984) who was widely regarded as one of Japan’s Modern Masters. It was completed in 1964, just two years after the Senri Newtown area was developed. Murano also designed an extension that was made to the building in 1976.

The city announced their plans to demolish the building in 2004. Local groups and architects petitioned the city to save the building, and the city did investigate possibly retaining a portion of the structure. However, the estimated cost to do so was higher than anticipated and it was not affordable for the city to follow that plan. 

In 2012, the city sold the building and land to a developer. The 1976 extension has already been demolished and the original 1964 building will be torn down next spring. A high-rise apartment tower will be built on the site.

Location: 1-1-D1 Tsukumodai, Suita City, Osaka (adjacent to Minamisenri Station).

Other works by Murano that have been demolished or are soon to be torn down include the Shin-Dai Building (c1956) in Kita-ku, Osaka, and the former Shin-Kabukiza Theatre (c1958) in Chuo-ku, Osaka.

The former Shin-Kabukiza Theater in Chuo-ku, Osaka. Scheduled for demolition.

Source: The Mainichi Shimbun, May 21, 2013.

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