the media for art, culture and events in Kanagawa prefecture.
Other Courses / Workshops

The library is hot now! Infiltrate the library architecture tour (in-house shooting OK)!

Kanagawa Prefectural Library 
(Please note that this page was created using Google's automatic translation service and understand that because of this, its translation may not necessarily be accurate.)

The world of art to go, see and feel
now, sneaked into the library is hot! Library architecture tour (the hotel shooting OK)!

Miyuki Inoue

The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Ueno, has been registered as a World Heritage Site, and attention to architecture is growing. Looking around, I realized that Kanagawa has a wonderful building. Kanagawa Prefectural Library.
Kunio Maekawa is one of Japan's leading architects, learning from Le Corbusier, a master of architecture, and also being involved in the detailed design of the Western Art Museum designed by Corbusier. What I want to say loudly is that the prefectural library opened in 1954. In other words, before the Western Art Museum (opened in 1959)! Kanagawa Prefecture may be amazing.
A tour of such wonderful buildings was held. Because it was a special project that was held on closed days, it was OK to shoot in the hall, which usually requires application. I have to go for this!

Because the tour is closed on the day of the tour, head to the new building entrance on the south side (youth center side) instead of the front entrance. On the way, you can see the outer wall of the main building. The form covered with hollow brick called “Horobrick” is beautiful.
The current horoberic was updated when the renovation work was done in 2011, but due to budgetary problems, it was not possible to update everything. For this reason, unfortunately, the grid pattern disappears beyond the staff entrance in the photo. .

On the tour, you will first see a precious film that captures the state of construction. Even though it is a reinforced concrete building, it is impressed that it is built by hand.
By the way, Satoshi Kito, who was the staff of the Maekawa Architects, took the lead in designing the library. Later, he was known as a pioneer in library architecture, including designing the National Diet Library.

To the general reading room with the guidance of the staff.
The large colonnade is open and comfortable. It is also convinced that there is a person who called “Like Karuizawa” looking at the green garden spreading out the window.
On the outside of the large glass surface, louvers bent in a square shape are neatly arranged, supporting the architecture and preventing the sun from entering the hall.

This is the reading room on the second floor. Looking at “Horoblick” from the inside, it looks like this. It is designed to prevent sunlight from the outside and prevent warm sunlight in the winter, while keeping a certain level of privacy by preventing gaze from the outside.
oads / 2018/10 / P1080726_mini-1024x768.jpg "alt =" "width =" 1024 "height =" 768 "/>

Take the horoberic from the outside again. By painting the inside white, sunlight is reflected and it has the function of making the brightness of the room uniform.
The original was baked in a kiln in Aichi Prefecture, but the restored version was baked in Shigaraki. Since there was no soil or pottery left at that time, it was said that the glaze was restored and restored by repeated trial productions.

At the time of opening, the chair was also originally designed. It is said that it was designed in pursuit of the most suitable form for reading a book, but unfortunately no original remains.
The reading room is now a reproduction of the document. It seems that it has been faithfully reproduced, so please sit down and feel it.

Stairs going up to the second floor from the main entrance. The characteristics of Maekawa Architecture appear in the handrail shape and coloring that are easy to grip.

Infiltrate a library that you can't usually enter!
The first and second layers of the library are set up with bookshelves. In other words, the bookshelf penetrates two layers, so it also plays a role in increasing the building strength.K.

If you look under the bookshelf from the upper layer as a test, you can see the lower bookshelf from the gap. Somehow ...

Ms. Yoko Yamashita, who served as a guide for the library architecture tour (in-house photography OK). On the day, I decided on the fashion of “green, black, yellow”, which is the basic color of library architecture. As expected!

On my way home, when I look back from the music hall, I noticed that “Kanagawa Prefectural Library” is displayed on the main body of the building. Imposing and beautiful.

I've always been indebted to the library, but I admired that the comfortable space is filled with the ideas and passion of architects who are at the forefront of the times.

By the way, the music hall that was built at the same time is under renovation work, so I would like to take it up again.

    A public library that collects and provides materials related to society, the humanities, Kanagawa, and audiovisual materials.

    The architecture was designed by Kunio Maekawa, who learned from Le Corbusier, a master of modern architecture, and is the flagship of modernist architecture after the war. By shifting the building from the music hall built as a complex facility, a space that flows in and out of the building is created, and by using large glass sashes and perforated brick blocks, it becomes a bright and transparent space ing. A work that represents the “technical approach”, an architectural design method based on the industrialization proposed by Maekawa. 1954 Architectural Institute of Japan Award. It has been selected as a modern movement architecture in Japan by DOCOMOMO. (Reference: “Kunio Maekawa Architectural Exhibit” 100th Birthday, Kunio Maekawa Architectural Exhibition Executive Committee 2005)

    • Address
      9-2 Koyogaoka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
    • TEL
    • Business Hour
      (Tuesday to Friday) 9:00 to 19:00, (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) 9:00 to 17:00 [Closed] Mondays (but open on holidays), 2nd Thursday (however, When it falls on a holiday, the following Friday)
    • Parking Area
      Normal car: 200 yen for 30 minutes for one car 200 yen for every 30 minutes thereafterLarge car: 460 yen for 30 minutes for one car 460 yen for every 30 minutes after that (15 minutes for picking up each facility user, returning library materials, etc. (Parking less than that and parking for disabled people is free)