@83 days until Hiroshima Summit: North-south Axis

by Yu Kawakami, Staff Writer

When the late Kenzo Tange designed Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward of Hiroshima, he intentionally placed the A-bomb Dome, the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and the Peace Memorial Museum to form a north-south axis. This axis can also be seen in other buildings outside the park.

One of them is the Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center, which will be used as the international media center during the summit meeting of The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations. As the building is located to the north of the park along the axis, its roof has a V-shape in the center along the north-south axis. Another is the Tsuchiya General Hospital in Naka Ward. The building located on the south side of the park has a white line on its exterior wall to visualize the axis.

Mr. Tange also envisioned an athletic stadium around the north end of the axis. A soccer stadium is now under construction in that area.

(Originally published on February 25, 2023)