Sumiyoshi community hall2003.10 / Osaka

Sumiyoshi community hall 1
Sumiyoshi community hall 2

Sumiyoshi community hall2003.10 / Osaka

This was an entry in a competition  for a multifunctional facility in a southern district of Osaka.     This  public facility for local residents combines municipal government offices, a district library, a concert hall, and a community center.  There is also a public park on the site.      Here I saw the architecture as an extension of the green area that is open to the public; that is, the building was to be a point of contact between visitors and the natural environment.      The large volume was split into two thin parts, with a three-dimensional plaza created in between.  People approach the building by way of the plaza.  An urban axis--an extension of the street--intersects the plaza at right angles.  A green area arranged on this axis leads to the park.  The splitting of the building into two thin blocks generates a lively relationship to the plaza.  This building, wrapped in a curtain wall that facilitates ventilation, makes possible an interior environment with minimal dependence on air conditioning and artificial lighting.    

title
Sumiyoshi community hall
design
2003.10
location
Osaka