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2019.08.07

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

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File.17 Maekawa Architectural Tour in Music Hall
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)

Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall ——— Commonly known as “Wooden Hall”.
If you're a classical music fan, you probably don't know, but the recent architectural boom has added new fans.
Designed by Kunio Maekawa. Yes, he is one of Japan's leading architects, who studied under the master of architecture Le Corbusier.
Aside from the difficult things, it's stylish and cool!
I heard that a "Maekawa Architectural Tour" will be held to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the opening and the reopening, so I went out.
Listen! Watch! 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 "Holo Brick" which is the same as the neighboring prefectural library. It seems that the design is excellent in terms of functionality, but it seems that it was adopted for the concert hall because of the unity of the design. So, see last year's report for details.
* Click here for the library construction tour report >>
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Maekawa color At the entrance, you can see at a glance your commitment to. Maekawa nods loudly to the anecdote that he was so particular about "color" that he wanted to be a paint shop if he didn't become an architect.
It's not a large space, but the gorgeous and impactful colors will make you feel excited, so it may be a design suitable for the entrance of a concert hall.

Listen! Watch! 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 rise in an orderly manner are made of concrete, but they are elegant and elegant. If you look closely, you can see that it has wood grain, which is because it is made by pouring hand-kneaded concrete into a 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 more beautiful than it is today.
The floor surface is called "terrazo" (artificial stone sharpening), which is also a construction method with a handmade feel, but it does not feel deteriorated even after 65 years.
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

The music hall has been renovated over a year and two months since last year, and has been beautifully revived, but the concept this time is "to return to what it was 65 years ago." Therefore, the lighting fixtures are the same as they were when they were first built. However, since the light source has been changed to LED, consideration for the environment is not neglected.
By the way, the ceiling is rattling like a staircase because there are seats directly above this. It has a gentle staircase shape that matches the slope of the seats on the second floor.
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So, into the hall.
The music hall was modeled after the Royal Festival Hall in London. The scale is quite small, but it's a stepped floor from the front row to the last row, so it's nice to see the stage from every seat.
According to Seikou Ishikawa, who was in charge of acoustic design, the lack of "bulges" such as the balcony on the second floor also has an advantage in the sound.
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

As you can see from the nickname "Wooden Hall," the soundboards on the stage and the walls and ceiling of the audience seats are all made of wood. Of course, the ceiling that undulates like waves is also made of wood.
It seems that there was a situation that it was difficult to choose other than "tree" only in the short time after the war, but as a result of repeated contemplation and ingenuity, the sound that was praised by musicians around the world as "the best sound of the Orient" was produced. That's why it's wonderful.
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Also pay attention to the wall behind the seats on the 2nd floor!
The board 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 to give it a high-quality image.
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

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

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

I've visited the concert hall many times, but maybe it's the first time I've seen stage curtains. Don't say "Is it necessary?" There is a deep reason for this.
The concert hall was planned shortly after the war. It seems that some members of the parliament said, "What is the music hall even though I am having trouble with what to eat?" As a result of advancing the story as "a public hall that everyone can use" to persuade such a voice, it is said that theater equipment such as stage curtains and projection screens will also be attached.
However, the stage curtain is also designed by Maekawa. This time, it seems that it was renewed based on the materials at that time, so if you have a chance, please take a look nearby.
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

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

Although I overlooked it, the music stand and the chairs on which the performers sit are also designed by Maekawa. A lean and simple chair looks great in a fashionable cafe.
Listen! Watch! Enjoy the modernism of Maekawa architecture at the Prefectural Music Hall

Finally, let's look back on the foyer after the customer left.
I love foyer, which is always filled with the excitement of concerts and the extraordinary excitement.
But on days without concerts, I was happy with the music hall without sound.


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

Volunteer group bridge members who guided us. With the three keywords of "enjoying," "learning," and "connecting," they are conducting architectural tours as activities to familiarize themselves with local culture and art.
Thank you very much!

The "Maekawa Architecture Tour in Music Hall" will continue to be held.
I participated in the full course (about 60 minutes, participation fee 500 yen).
The short course of about 20 minutes does not require prior application and you can participate for free, so feel free to go out!
* For details, go to the special website </ a>

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

Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall was opened in 1954 as Japan's first full-scale music hall as a public facility. Modeled after the Royal Festival Hall in London, the hall was designed to give the best sound effects, and was praised as "the best sound in the Orient" at the time of its opening, and the sound is still highly evaluated not only in Japan but also overseas. 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, it was selected as one of the "100 Public Buildings" by the Ministry of Construction in 1998 as an excellent public facility rooted in the region, and in 1999, DOCOMOMO (modern) was selected as an important cultural heritage of the 20th century. It was selected as one of the "20 Modern Movement Architectures in Japan" by an international organization established to investigate and preserve the records of buildings and environment formation related to the movement.

  • Address
    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 days] As a general rule, every Monday and the year-end and New Year holidays (12/28 to 1/4)

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