Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Location: Teshima, Teshimakarato, Tonosho, Shozu District, Kagawa Prefecture 761-4662, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yuko Nagayama, Daisuke Yamagishi
Artwork And Concept: Tadanori Yokoo
Area: 185.0 sqm
Photographs: Daichi Ano, Nobutada Omote, Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama and Associates
“This is the worst space I have ever encountered,” claimed Hiroshi Sugimoto in regards to the OMA-designed main gallery space at Seoul’s Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Not a stranger to criticism, the Japanese photographer has decided to take museum design into his own hands, drafting what he claims to be the “ideal museum” on a coastal site in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture.
Almost 3 years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the North-East coastline of Japan, this article on Arcspace examines the current – unsettling – state of rebuilding in the Tōhoku region. According to former residents and architects working for Architecture for Humanity, plans neither address what the people want nor sufficiently provide protection in the event of a similar disaster. Furthermore, with Japan now preparing for the 2020 Olympics, it seems the Tōhoku region is being neglected. Read more on the story here.
Kengu Kuma & Associates has unveiled designs for a small cultural complex comprising of two halls and a community centre located in Iiyama, Japan. According to the architects, “publicly funded cultural centers tend to be alienated from the rest of the town for their typically large volumes.” As a result, they designed “the complex to be as open as possible toward the town and the landscape of Iiyama, so that all would exist in harmony.”