Architects: Life Style Koubou
Location: 2083 Ōtsuchō, Kitaibaraki-shi, Ibaraki-ken 319-1702, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kotaro Anzai, Nawakenji-m, Kenji nawa
Construction: Life Style Koubou + Anzai Construction Co., Ltd
Project Manager: Koutarou Anzai
Area: 204.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Life Style Koubou
Traditionally, hospital environments are internalized, cut off from the natural world, and structured around efficiency, despite its affect on patient health. Moving beyond this, Kengo Kuma & Associates have unveiled plans to replaced an aging medical center in Setagaya, Tokyo, with a “modest,” “actively open” hospital centered around a landscaped courtyard garden.
The second episode in “Classic Japan” features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Otani’s waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre’s Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.
The first installment takes viewers into Kenzo Tange‘s 1964 Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, built to house the swimming and diving events of the 1964 Summer Olympics. Completed in less than two years and seating upwards of 15,000 spectators, the Gymnasium is renowned for its suspension roof, and will host the handball competitions during Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics.