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Now the library is hot! Sneak into the library construction tour (shooting inside the shop OK)!

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Now the library is hot ! Sneak into the library construction tour ( shooting in the shop OK) !

Miyuki Inoue

Attention to architecture is increasing, such as the Ueno National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo being registered as a World Heritage Site. I looked around and thought about it, I noticed that there are wonderful buildings in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is the Kanagawa Prefectural Library.
Maekawa Kunio of the design was one of the leading architects in Japan who studied under the master of the architectural world, Le Corbusier and also worked on the detail design of the Western art museum designed by Corbusier. I would like to say that the voices are large, it is that the prefectural library opened in 1954. Before the Western Museum of Art (opened in 1959)! Kanagawa Prefecture may be amazing.
An observation tour of such a wonderful building was carried out. Sometimes it was a special project to be held on holiday days, so it is OK to shoot the inside of the building where we usually need to apply. I have to go for this!

Because it is closed on the day of the tour, head towards the entrance of the new hall on the south side (the youth center side) instead of the front entrance. In that way, I appreciate the outer wall of the main building. The form covered with a hollow brick called "hollow brick" is beautiful.
The current hollow brick was updated when I carried out renovation work in 2011, but it seems that I could not update everything due to budget problems. For this reason, unfortunately the mesh pattern has disappeared beyond the employee voucher portrait shown in the picture .

On the tour tour, first of all, valuable film that shows the state at the time of building was appreciated. Even though it is a reinforced concrete building, I am touched by mostly being built by hand.
By the way, it was Mr. Kito Azusa who was the staff of the Maekawa architecture office who took command of the library design. He later designed the National Diet Library as a pioneer of library architecture.

Go to the general reading room with the guidance of the staff.
The large colonnade is open and cozy. It is convincing that there are people who called the "like Karuizawa" looking at the green garden spreading outside the window.
On the outside of the large glass surface, the bent louvers are arranged in order, and at the same time as supporting the building, it prevents the western sun from being plugged into the hall.

This is the reading room on the second floor. Looking at "Holoblick" from inside it is such a scenery. It is designed to prevent sunlight in the summer while capturing warm natural light in the winter, while keeping constant privacy by preventing gaze from the outside.
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Hollow brick from outside again. Sunlight is reflected by painting the inside white, and it also has the function of making the brightness of the room uniform.
The original seems to have been burned in the kiln of Aichi prefecture, but the restored version was baked in Shigaraki. Because neither the soil nor the kiln original at that time remained, it seems that restoration and restoration of the glaze prototype was repeated.

At the time of opening, the chair was also designed original. It is said to be a design pursuing the most suitable form to read a book, but unfortunately the original is not left.
What is currently in the reading room was reprinted based on materials. It seems that it has been reprinted faithfully, so please sit down and realize it.

A stairway rising from the main entrance to the second floor. It is said that the characteristics of Maekawa architecture are appearing in the shape and coloring of handrails which are easy to grasp.

Sneak into the library which I can not usually enter!
One and two layers of the archive are installed through a bookshelf. In other words, it is said that the bookshelf penetrates as much as two layers, thereby playing a role of increasing building strengthClear.

Try looking under the bookshelf from the upper layer, you can see the underlying bookshelf from the gap. Somehow strange ….

Mr. Yamashita, who helped guide the library construction tour (shooting in the shrine OK). On that day, I decided on the fashion of "green, black, yellow" which is the basic color of library building. It is truly!

When I look back from the music building side, I noticed that the building is shown as "Kanagawa Prefectural Library" on the way back. It is majestic and beautiful.

I have always been indebted to the library, but I am admired that the comfortable space is filled with the ideas and passion of architects who are leading the times.

By the way, since the renovation work is underway at the same time, I would like to take this opportunity again.

Kanagawa Prefectural Library (Konohagaoka)

Public library which collects and provides social · humanities, Kanagawa, audiovisual materials etc

Architecture is based on the design of Maekawa Kunio who studied from the master of modern architecture, Le Corbusier and is considered to be the flag hand of postwar modernism architecture. A space that is flowing in and out of the building is created by shifting the building and the music building built as a complex and using a large glass sash or perforated brick block makes it a bright and transparent space ing. A work representative of the ideal architectural design method "Technical Approach" based on industrialization advocated by Maekawa. In 1954 he won the Architectural Institute Award. It is selected for construction of modern movement in Japan by DOCOMOMO. (Reference: "Maekawa Kunio Architectural Exhibition Archive" 100th Birth · Kunio Maekawa Architectural Exhibition Executive Committee 2005)

  • Shop / Place name
    Kanagawa Prefectural Library (Konohagaoka)
  • Address
    Kanagawa prefecture Yokohama-shi Nishi-ku Red leaves 9-2
  • TEL
  • Business Hour
    (Friday to Friday) 9: 00-19: 00, (Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays) 9: 00-17: 00 【Closed Monday】 Monday (when opening on a public holiday, it is open), the 2nd Thursday (however, When it falls on a holiday, next Friday), New Year's holidays, General document inspection period
  • Parking Area
    Regular car: 1 unit 30 minutes 200 yen every 30 minutes Large size car: 1 car 30 minutes 460 yen each after 30 minutes 460 yen (Transfer of each facility user, 15 minutes for returning library materials etc. Parking for less than under parking and parking for disabled people is free)