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Now the library is hot! Infiltrate the library architecture tour (photographed in the hotel OK)!

Kanagawa Prefectural Library 
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Now, the library is hot ! Infiltrate the library architecture tour ( photographed in the hall OK) !

Miyuki Inoue

The attention is being paid to architecture, such as the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno, Tokyo, being registered as a World Heritage Site. I thought so and looked around, I realized that there are wonderful buildings in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is Kanagawa Prefectural Library.
Kunio Maekawa, who was designed, was one of the leading architects in Japan, learning under Le Corbusier, a master of the architectural world, and working on the details of the Western Art Museum designed by Corbusier. What I would like to say loudly is that the prefectural library was opened in 1954. In other words, before the Western Art Museum (opened in 1959)! Kanagawa Prefecture is amazing.
A tour of such a wonderful building was conducted. Because it was a special project to be held on a closed day, it is also OK to shoot inside the room, which usually requires an application. I have to go for this!

On the day of the tour, I will head to the new building entrance on the south side (youth center side) instead of the main entrance for the closing day. Watch the outer wall of the main building along the way. The form covered with hollow bricks called "hollow brick" is beautiful.
The current hollow brick was updated when the renovation work was done in 2011, but there was a problem with the budget and it was not possible to update everything. Because of this, unfortunately the grain pattern has disappeared beyond the staff entrance in the photo .

In the tour, first of all, you will appreciate the precious films that contain the state of construction. Even though it is a reinforced concrete building, I am impressed by the fact that it is built almost manually.
By the way, it was the staff of Maekawa Architecture Office who took the lead in the library design. Later, he designed the National Diet Library and is known as a pioneer in library architecture.

To general reading room with guidance of the staff.
The large blowout is open and cozy. It is also understandable that there are people who call it "like Karuizawa" looking at the green garden spreading out of the window.
On the outside of the large glass surface, louvers bent in a line are neatly arranged to support the construction and at the same time prevent the west sun from entering the hall.

This is the reading room on the second floor. Such a landscape when you look at "Horobrick" from the inside. It is designed to prevent sunlight from the summer and to take in warm natural light in the winter while preventing a gaze from the outside and securing a certain privacy.
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From the outside of the hollow brick again. By painting the inside white, sunlight is reflected and it also works to make the brightness of the room uniform.
It seems that the original was grilled in Aichi Prefecture, but the restored version is Shinan. There were no soils or molds left at that time, so it was said that the trial production of glaze was repeated, restored and restored.

At the time of opening, the chair was also designed by the original. It is said that the design pursues the most appropriate form for reading a book, but unfortunately there is no original left.
What is placed in the reading room at present is a copy of the material. It seems to be faithfully reprinted, so sit down and try to feel it.

Stairs going up from the front entrance to the second floor. Features of Maekawa architecture appear in the shape and coloring of handrails that are easy to hold.

We sneak into the library which I can not usually put in!
A bookshelf is installed through the first and second layers of the library. In other words, the bookshelf also plays a role in enhancing the building strength by penetrating two layers.You

If you try to look under the bookshelf from the upper layer, you can see the lower bookshelf from the gap. I wonder what ....

Kyoko Yamashita, who served as a guide for the Library Architecture Tour (photographed in the hotel). On the day, I decided on the fashion of "green, black, yellow" which is the basic color of library architecture. That's it!

When I returned from the music hall side, I noticed that "Kanagawa Prefectural Library" was displayed on the main building. Imposingly beautiful.

I have always been indebted to the library, but the comfortable space is amazed that the ideas and passion of the leading architects are infused.

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

  • Place
    Kanagawa Prefectural Library

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

    Architecture was designed by Kunio Maekawa who studied with Le Corbusier, a master of modern architecture, and became a leader of modernist architecture after the war. A staggered arrangement of music halls and buildings built as a complex creates a flowing space inside and outside the building, and the use of a large glass sash or perforated brick block makes it a bright and transparent space. ing. A work representing the "technical approach", an architectural design method based on industrialization advocated by Maekawa. Received the Architectural Institute of Japan Award in 1954. It has been selected for the modern movement architecture in Japan by DOCOMOMO. (Reference: "Maekawa Kunio Building Exhibition Pictorial Record" 100th Birthday, Maekawa Kunio Building Exhibition Executive Committee 2005)

    • Shop / Place name
      Kanagawa Prefectural Library (Amochigaoka)
    • Address
      Nishi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 9-2
    • TEL
    • Business Hour
      (Tue-Friday) 9:00 to 19:00, (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays) 9:00 to 17:00 【Closed day】 Monday (However, it will be opened when it is a holiday), 2nd Thursday (but, When it is a holiday, the following year), the year-end and New Year, document inspection period
    • Parking Area
      Ordinary car: One 30 minutes 200 yen From 200 yen every 30 minutes Large car: One 30 minutes 460 yen 460 yen every 30 minutes (15 minutes for transportation of each facility user, return of library materials etc. Less than parking and parking for disabled persons is free)