Modernist building in Kobe to be demolished

The Kobe Bankers Association will be demolishing its modernist building and replacing it with a new one by 2025.

The 4-story concrete building was built in 1951 and designed by Eikichi Hasebe (1885-1960). Hasebe, along with Kenzo Takekoshi, founded the Hasebe-Takekoshi Architects Office in 1933. This was the predecessor to Nikken Sekkei – now the second largest architectural practice in the world. Hasebe designed many landmark modernist buildings around the Kansai region between the 1930s and 1950s. He even designed the Ginza Matsuzakaya Department Store in 1952 (it was demolished in 2014 and replaced with the Ginza Six store).

The Bankers Association building has a beige tiled exterior with a marble colonnade along the 1st floor and circular and rectangular windows.  

The decision to rebuild was made due to the aging structure. The new, 7,760 sqm building will be 11 stories with construction to start in July 2023. The total cost of the new building is estimated at around 3.8 billion Yen (approx. US$29 million).

Source: The Kobe Shimbun, April 22, 2022.

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