The library is hot now! Infiltrate the library construction tour (photo shoot in the building OK)!
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File.6 now, sneaked into the library is hot! Library architecture tour (the hotel shooting OK)!
Miyuki Inoue (copywriter)
The attention to architecture is growing, with the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno, Tokyo being registered as a World Heritage Site. Thinking about it, I looked around and realized that there are wonderful buildings in Kanagawa prefecture. Kanagawa Prefectural Library.
Kunio Maekawa, one of the architects, is one of Japan's leading architects, studying under Le Corbusier, a master of the architectural world, and also involved in the detailed design of the Western Museum designed by Corbusier. What I want to call out loud is that the prefectural library opened in 1954. In other words, before the Museum of Western Art (opened in 1959)! Kanagawa may be amazing.
A tour of such wonderful buildings was held. Since it was a special event to be held on a closed day, it is also possible to shoot inside the building, which usually requires an application. I have to go for this!
Since the tour is closed on the day of the tour, head towards the new building entrance on the south side (Youth Center side) instead of the front entrance. The outer wall of the main building is admired along the way. The form covered with hollow bricks called "hollow brick" is beautiful.
The current Hollo Brick was updated when the renovation work was done in 2011, but it seems that it was not possible to update all due to budget issues. For this reason, unfortunately, the pattern of cells has disappeared beyond the staff entrance shown in the photo. ..
On the tour tour, you will first appreciate a valuable film that shows the appearance of the building. Even though it is a reinforced concrete building, I am impressed that it is built by hand.
By the way, the head of the library design was led by Azusa Kitou, a staff member of Maekawa Architects. He is known as a pioneer in library architecture, such as later designing the National Diet Library.
Go to the general reading room with the staff's guidance.
The large colonnade is open and comfortable. It's no wonder that some people called the "Karuizawa-like" when they saw the green garden outside the window.
On the outside of the large glass surface, louvers bent in a dogleg are lined up neatly to support the construction and at the same time prevent the sun from entering the hall.
This is the reading room on the second floor. Seen from inside, "Holly Brick" looks like this. It is designed to prevent sunlight from the outside and to maintain a certain level of privacy while preventing sunlight in the summer and taking in warm natural light in the winter.
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Take the horobrick from the outside again. By painting the inside white, sunlight is reflected and it also has the function of making the brightness of the room uniform.
The original was said to have been 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 prototyped and restored and restored.
At the time of opening, the chairs were also designed as original. It is said that the design pursues the most suitable form for reading a book, but unfortunately no original remains.
What is currently placed in the reading room is a reproduction of the material. It seems that it has been faithfully reproduced, so please sit down and feel it.
Stairs from the main entrance to the second floor. It is said that the characteristics of Maekawa architecture are reflected in the shape and coloring of the handrails that are easy to grip.
Sneak into a library that you can't normally enter!
The shelves are installed through the first and second layers of the library. In other words, it also plays a role of increasing the building strength by penetrating the bookshelf for two layers.Ke.
If you look under the bookshelf from the upper layer, you can see the lower bookshelf from the gap. Somehow strange...
Ms. Junko Yamashita, who was the guide for the library construction tour (OK in the building). On that day, we decided on the fashion of "green, black, yellow" which is the basic color of the library architecture. As expected!
On the way back, I looked back from the side of the concert hall and noticed that the building itself had "Kanagawa Prefectural Library" displayed on it. Imposingly beautiful.
The library has always been taken care of, but I admire that the comfortable space is filled with the ideas and passion of the architects 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 this up again.
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The architecture was designed by Kunio Maekawa, a master of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, and a flagship post-war modernist architecture. The music hall built as a complex and the staggered layout create a flowing space inside and outside the building.By using large glass sashes and perforated brick blocks, a bright and transparent space is created. ing. A work that represents the "technical approach" of a conceptual architectural design method based on industrialization advocated by Maekawa. Received the Japan Institute of Architecture Award in 1954. Selected as a modern movement architecture in Japan by DOCOMOMO. (Reference: "Kunio Maekawa Architectural Exhibition Catalog" 100th anniversary of birth, Kunio Maekawa Architectural Executive Committee 2005)
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