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2019.08.07

Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

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File.17 Maekawa Architectural Tour in Ongakudo
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)

Kanagawa Prefectural Ongakudo—commonly known as “Wooden Hall”.
If you're a classical music fan, you probably don't know about it, but with the recent boom in architecture, new fans are on the rise.
Designed by Kunio Maekawa. Yes, he is one of Japan's leading architects who studied under Le Corbusier, an architectural master.
Aside from the difficult things, it's just stylish and cool!
I heard that a "Maekawa Architectural Tour" will be held to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the building and the reopening of the building, so I went out and went out.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

First of all, from the entrance where the yellow frame is impressive.
The wall of the balcony is "Holobrick," which matches the prefectural library next door. It seems to be a functionally superior design, but it seems that it was adopted in the music hall because of the uniformity of the design. So, see last year's report for details.
* Click here for the library construction tour report >>
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Maekawa color You can tell at a glance what you are particular about at the entrance. Maekawa makes a big nod to the anecdote that he was so particular about "color" that he said "I wanted to be a painter if I didn't become an architect".
It's not a large space, but the gorgeous and impactful colors make you feel good, so it may be a design suitable for the entrance of the music hall.

Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Maekawa It is a bright and open foyer that feels like architecture.
The pillars that stand neatly and orderly are made of concrete, but there is some dignity, and they are elegant. If you look closely, you can see that it has wood grain, but this is because the concrete made by hand kneading is poured into the frame made of wooden boards. From now on, it is a super analog construction method, but it seems that the concrete of this era is much stronger and beautiful than it is today.
The floor surface is called "Terrazo (artificial stone sharpening)", which is also a handmade construction method, but it does not feel deterioration after 65 years.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

The music hall has been beautifully restored after a year and two months of renovation work since last year, but the concept of this time is to "return to the state of 65 years ago". Therefore, the lighting equipment remains as it was when it was first built. However, since the light source is changed to LED, we must be careful about the environment.
By the way, the reason why the ceiling rattles like a staircase is because there are seats directly above it. It has a gentle staircase that matches the slope of the 2nd floor seats.
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So, into the hall.
The Conservatory was modeled after the Royal Festival Hall in London. Although the scale is quite small, it is nice to see the stage well from every seat because it is a terraced floor from the front row to the last row.
According to Seikou Ishikawa, who was in charge of the acoustic design, the fact that there is no "bulge" such as the balcony on the second floor is also beneficial to the sound.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

As you can see from the nickname "wooden hall", the walls and ceiling of the audience seats are made of wood, including the sound board on the stage. The wavy ceiling is of course made of wood.
It seems that there were circumstances where it was difficult to choose an option other than “wood” only after the war, but as a result of repeated thought and ingenuity, a sound that the world's musicians praised as “the best sound of the Orient” was produced. So it's great.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Also pay attention to the wall behind the 2nd floor seat!
The plate with holes is bent like a folding screen. This is also a device to prevent the sound from reverberating more than necessary. This wall has also been thoroughly cleaned and repainted, giving it a high-quality image that can be mistaken.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

We also visited the musical instrument store behind the stage sleeves. To protect delicate musical instrumentsIn addition, the indoor temperature and humidity are constantly controlled. In other words, this is the "most comfortable place in the music hall".
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

This is a waiting room behind the scenes. Why is a concrete pillar standing in the middle...? If you think about it, this is a space that was later added. In other words, I took in a pillar that was standing outdoors. Somehow, it is full of handmade feeling.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

I have visited the Ongakudo many times, but this may be the first time I've seen a curtain. Don't say, "Is it necessary?" There is a deep reason for this.
The music hall was planned shortly after the war. It seems that some people in the parliament were saying, "What is the Music Hall when I'm having trouble eating?" As a result of proceeding as a “public hall that everyone can use” to convince those voices, they say that they will also be accompanied by theater equipment such as a curtain and a projection screen.
However, the curtain is also designed by Maekawa. This time it seems that you have made a new look based on the materials at that time, so if you have the opportunity, please try watching nearby.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Maekawa designs various furniture necessary for the music hall, as he designed chairs in the library. For example, a poster display board. The functional and modern design is so beautiful that you want to make it a miniature and hang it on your desk...
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

I overlooked it, but the music stand and chairs where the musicians sit are also designed by Maekawa. The lean and simple chairs look good in a stylish cafe.
Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Finally, look back at the foyer after the customer left.
I always love foyer, which is filled with the excitement and extraordinary excitement of a concert.
But on a day without concerts, I felt happy with the music hall without sounds.


Listen to it! Watch it! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Everyone from the volunteer group bridge who guided us. With three keywords, "enjoy," "learn," and "connect," he says that he is conducting architectural tours and other activities to familiarize himself with the local culture and art.
Thank you very much!

The Maekawa Architecture Tour in Ongakudo will continue to be held.
I participated in the full course this time (about 60 minutes, participation fee 500 yen).
You can join the short course of about 20 minutes without any prior application, so feel free to go out!
*For details, visit the special website </a>

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall

The Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall opened in 1954 as the first full-scale music hall in Japan as a public facility. The hall, which was modeled after the London Royal Festival Hall and designed to give the best acoustic effect, was highly praised as "the best sound of the Orient" at the time of opening, and the sound has been highly evaluated both in Japan and abroad. I will. The walls of the hall are all made of wood, and its acoustic sound continues to impress people even 60 years after its opening. In addition, in 1998, the Ministry of Construction selected the "100 Best Public Buildings" as an excellent public facility rooted in the region, and in 1999, as an important cultural heritage of the 20th century, DOCOMOMO (modern It has been selected as "20 selections of modern movement architecture in Japan" by the international organization established to record and preserve the building and environment formation related to the movement.

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    9-2 Momijigaoka, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • TEL
    045-263-2567
  • Business Hour
    It depends on the content of the performance. [Reception hours] 9:00 to 17:00 (Ticket window 13:00 to 17:00) [Closed] As a general rule, every Monday and year-end and New Year holidays (12/28-1/4)

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