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Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the prefectural concert hall

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File.17 Maekawa Architecture Tour in Music Hall
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)

Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall-the so-called "wood hall".
If you are a classical music fan, you probably don't know, but new fans are increasing with the recent architectural boom.
Designed by Kunio Maekawa. Yes, he is a leading architect in Japan who studied under Le Corbusier, a great architect.
Aside from the difficult things, it's stylish and cool anyway!
Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the opening and the renewal opening, I heard that a “Maekawa Architecture Tour” will be held, and I went out.

First of all, from the entrance where the yellow frame is impressive.
The wall of the balcony is the “Horoblick” that matches the prefectural library next door. The design seems to be superior in terms of functionality, but it seems that the design adopted for the music hall is due to the unity of the design. So, see last year's report for details.
* Click here for a report on the library architecture tour >>

Adopting the color of Maekawa You can see this at a glance inside the entrance. Maekawa says a lot about the anecdote that “I wanted to be a paint shop if I didn't become an architect”.
Although it is not a large space, it may be a design that is suitable for the entrance of a music hall, because the use of gorgeous and high-impact colors will enliven you.

The cheerful and open foyer feels like the Maekawa architecture.
The orderly and solitary pillars are made of concrete but have some elegance and are elegant. If you look closely, the grain is attached, but this is because it is made by pouring concrete kneaded by hand into a frame made of wooden boards. From now on, it is a super-analog construction method, but concrete in this era seems to be much stronger and more beautiful than today.
The floor is called “Terazo”, which is also a handmade construction method, but it has not been degraded after 65 years.

Although the music hall has been renovated beautifully over the past year and two months since last year, the concept of this time is “return to the figure 65 years ago”. So the lighting fixtures are still as they were. However, since the light source has been changed to LED, environmental consideration is negligible.
By the way, the reason why the ceiling is rattling like a staircase is because there is a seat above this. In accordance with the slope of the second-floor seat, it has a gentle staircase shape.
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So, into the hall.
The Music Hall was designed with the Royal Festival Hall in London as a model. Although the scale is quite small, it is a stepped floor from the front row to the last row, so I'm happy to see the stage from every seat.
According to Seiko Ishikawa, who was in charge of acoustic design, the fact that there is no “out” on the second-floor balcony is also beneficial for the sound of the sound.

As can be seen from the nickname "wooden hall", the walls and ceiling of the audience seats as well as the soundboard on the stage are all made of wood. Of course, the ceiling that waves like a wave is also wooden.
It seems that there were circumstances where it was difficult to select options other than “Thu” just after the war, but by contemplating and contriving, the result was a sound that was praised by musicians all over the world as “the best sound of Toyo”. So wonderful.

Pay attention to the wall behind the 2nd floor!
A board with a hole is bent like a folding screen. This is also a device to prevent the sound from echoing more than necessary. This wall has been thoroughly cleaned and repainted to create a high-quality image.

Visit the instrument store behind the stage sleeves. Indoors to protect sensitive instrumentsThe temperature and humidity are always controlled to be constant. In other words, this is “the most comfortable place in the music hall”.

This is a waiting room behind the scenes. Why is a concrete pillar standing in the middle ...? If you think, this is a space that was added later. In other words, you have taken a pillar that was standing outdoors. Somehow, full of handmade feeling.

I've visited the concert hall many times, but it might be the first time I've seen a notebook. Don't say "Is it necessary?" Because there is a deep reason for this.
The concert hall was planned shortly after the war. A part of the parliament also said that “What is the music hall?” As a result of proceeding as a “public hall that everyone can use” to persuade such voices, theater facilities such as a notebook and a projection screen were also attached.
However, the booklet is also designed by Maekawa. This time it seems to have been renewed based on materials from that time, so if you have a chance, please watch it nearby.

Like designing a chair in the library, Maekawa also designs various fixtures necessary for the concert hall. For example, a poster display board. The functional and modern design is so wonderful that you want to make it a miniature and display it on your desk.
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Although I overlooked it, the music stand and the chair where the performer sits are also designed by Maekawa. A simple chair without waste looks good in a stylish cafe.

Finally, look back at the foyer after the customer left.
I love the foyer, which is always surrounded by the exhilaration and unusual excitement of concerts.
However, I thought that a music hall without sound on a day without a concert would be happy.

Volunteer group bridge who was guided. It is said that they are conducting architectural tours as activities to get close to local culture and art under the three keywords of “enjoy”, “learn” and “connect”.
Thank you very much!

“Maekawa Architecture Tour Tour in Music Hall” will be held in the future.
This time I participated in the full course (about 60 minutes, participation fee 500 yen).
The 20-minute short course does not require pre-registration and can be attended for free.

[Future plans (2019)]
<Full course>
October 12th (Sat) 10:00 start * Application starts on September 12th (Thursday) 10:00
* Held on the same day at the Music Hall Renaissance Marche & Concert 10:00-Evening
<Short Course>
①Sunday, September 29 14:00 start
②Saturday, November 30 14:00 start
③December 15 (Sun) 13:15 start
* For details, go to the special website

    Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall opened in 1954 as the first full-fledged music hall in Japan as a public facility. The hall, which was designed to give the best sound effects, modeled on the Royal Festival Hall in London, was highly acclaimed as “The Sound of Toyo” at the time of its opening, and its sound is still highly valued both in Japan and abroad. The The walls of the hall are all made of wood, and its acoustic sound continues to impress people even after 60 years since its opening. In 1998, it was selected by the Ministry of Construction as one of the “100 Best Public Buildings” as an excellent public facility rooted in the region. In addition, in 1999, DOCOMOMO (docomomo) was built as an important cultural heritage of the 20th century. It was selected as one of “20 Modern Movement Architectures in Japan” by an international organization established for the purpose of surveying and preserving the records of building and environment related to the movement.

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      9-2 Koyogaoka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
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      It depends on the performance. [Reception hours] 9:00 to 17:00 (Ticket counter 13:00 to 17:00) [Closed days] As a general rule, every Monday and New Year (12/28 to 1/4)