Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo / Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo / Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Windows, FacadeJapanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Windows, ChairJapanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Door, Stairs, Facade, Windows, BeamJapanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - WindowsJapanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - More Images+ 34

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Beam, Facade, Handrail
via Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

This building has built by “grass-root grant aid fund” of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan) in area of Gombe Institute of Pedagogique, the center part of Kinshasa city, D.R. Congo.

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Floor Plan
Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Chair, Windows, Beam, Column
via Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

The plan is 19m ×19m and single story building. Semi-exterior penetrates the building and connects different rooms– training hall, classroom, office, tea ceremony room etc.

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Windows
via Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

We built 43 sheets of RC wall-pillars (210mm of thickness, 2420mm of height, and 1050mm of width) and join thm with beams in the top. These beams become the drainage in the rain season. The wooden roof trussed with three different spans have same height.

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo /  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory - Windows, Door, Facade
via Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

A semi-exterior corridor and the outside courtyard will become the important environmental buffer and the place where people gather in the dry season. This building looks simple from outside, however the inside space has more complicated impression because the interior and exterior space are coexiting.

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Section Details

This building was built with small scale of governmental budget ( 10 million Japanese Yen) and by non-professional workers, so that the building has open and tolerant atomosphere.

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Address:Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Cite: "Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo / Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory" 03 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/367750/japanese-cultural-center-of-d-r-congo-beijing-matsubara-and-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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