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Kanayama Community Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • 01:00 - 19 January, 2012
Kanayama Community Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kanayama Community Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

© Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi +9

From the architect. The site is located at the foot of Kanayama Castle, known for its beautiful stone wall and stone pavement. It is a community center incorporating guidance facilities for this historic place and a workshop for local residents to learn handicraft and dyeing. The site is divided at near the center by a 6m difference in levels. Bearing this physical feature in mind, it was designed to form a lane loosely connecting the two facilities, taking in a sense of distance towards its rich surrounding nature. Technically, volume of the two-story community center is replaced by a breast wall, and is connected on the 2nd level to the guidance facility via ‘community square’ on the 2nd floor, thus providing a circulative layout. The entire architecture therefore is the breast wall.

© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

The exterior wall is a thin and light screen, a transformation of the ‘stone wall’ that characterizes the historic spot. Stone is fit in the steel plate supporting the load of the entrance porch, so that a feel of calmness and strength can be added to the semi open-air space. There are two types of shapes in the stone, determined by the weight that can be carried by one person, and they are developed in a regular pattern to gain a sense of lightness, seeking a symbol born from the pattern. For the ceiling of the interior also, cement excelsior board and rectangular panel were layered in top and bottom and plastered in a pattern, giving varied degrees so that its fractionalization and spatial gaps would develop in three-dimension. It is an attempt to link the material and the space by patterns.

© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi
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Khaled M. Tawfik · April 20, 2016

I need stone details in high resolution

Sally Tarek · August 28, 2012

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Hume Internationale · January 25, 2012

Love this wall http://t.co/Sim1RDPb

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HEAVY · January 23, 2012

This is so pure and elegant. Everything what I expect from Kuma is here.

Surya Syahputra · January 21, 2012

wow.....:)

André Amaral · January 21, 2012

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