Kunio Mayekawa was born in the Niigata Prefecture in Japan in the year 1905. He entered First Tokyo Middle School in 1918, before his inscription at the
Tokyo Imperial University in 1925. He graduated as an architect in 1928. In the aftermath he travelled to France to apprentice with Le Corbusier.
After his return to Japan in 1930 he worked with Antonin Raymond, who had been a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Kunio Maekawa established his
own office Mayekawa Kunio Associates in the year 1935. During the 1930s Kunio Maekawa emerged as one of the most compelling leaders within
the modernist architectural community in Japan. After World War II, Maekawa played a central role in his profession as modernists came to dominate the field.
The writings and designs by Kunio Maekawa are a powerful expression of what it meant to be apracticing modernist architect in Japan during these years.
His own house ist often considered to be his own starting point. In this building he realized the idea of piloti inside the house, to create a two-storey space.
The original house has been dismantled and relocated to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum where it is presented still now.
Perhaps his most famous work, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, is located in Tokyo's Ueno Park and was completed in 1961. The building contains a main, large concert hall,
a recital hall, as well as a rehearsal room and a music library.
Kunio Maekawa died on Juni 26 1986 of Parkinsons's disease. His health had steadily declined in the last few years of his life.
Even then he continued to go to work.
1974 Kaijo Building - Tokyo