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Corbusier works get nod from UNESCO

The Washington Post

The Le Corbusier-designed National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo was named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site on Sunday, following the recommendation in May by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to list the museum and other buildings designed by Le Corbusier as World Heritage sites.

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee decided Sunday at its meeting in Istanbul to register the National Museum of Western Art and 16 other works by Corbusier in seven countries.

The museum became Japan's 16th World Cultural Heritage site and the first since the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution was registered last year.

The museum in the Ueno district was designed by architectural giant Le Corbusier, who designed many buildings from residences and housing complexes to churches and museums. His concept of a "Museum of Unlimited Growth" meant arranging corridors to form a spiral in a quadrangular building and building an exterior extension as if the spiral expands as the number of works collected increases.

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