Modernist building in Yokohama to be demolished next month

One of Yokohama’s early examples of modernist architecture will soon be demolished. The Prefectural Police Headquarters Onoecho Government Building was built in 1952. The 3-story concrete building with a curved exterior, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and no front entrance is considered one of the city’s modernist masterpieces.

Demolition of the 65-year old building will begin in March and the land will be returned to the national government. The decision to tear down the building was made due to concerns about its earthquake resistance.

Original blueprints and details on the architect and builder have been lost or destroyed since the 50-year term for storing those documents has passed. The building is directly across the street from the 58-year old Yokohama City Hall building which was designed by famed architect Togo Murano.


1-1 Onoecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City

Source: The Kanagawa Shimbun, February 7, 2017.

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