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5 Architects Create 5 New Community Spaces Beneath a Disused Japanese Overpass


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A 100 meter stretch of land underneath a teach overpass in Koganecho, a district of Yokohama, Japan, underwent a modern refurbishment during which 5 various kinds of network area, each and every designed by way of a unique architect, have been constructed inside a pre-set spatial grid. Traditionally there have been many social problems within the space, in large part in relation to its winning however unhealthy black marketplace and red-light district. As soon as the criminal activity used to be eliminated in 2005, the underpass introduced an excellent alternative for social re-development, and the consequent undertaking – the Koganecho Centre – emphasised an age-old Jap cultural dedication, the place what used to be as soon as damaged is used to make one thing new. 

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An artwork gallery, a restaurant, an artist’s studio, a gathering area and an open-air piazza have been designed by way of Contemporaries, Studio 2A, WorkstationKoizumi Atelier and Nishikura Architectural Design Workplace respectively. The ensuing eclectic aesthetic used to be inevitable, and subsequently the function that the prevailing overpass’s heavy columns play in mediating each and every design can’t be understated.

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The interplay between mentioned construction and the structure varies right through the undertaking; being concurrently enveloped, clad, exhibited and wrapped at quite a lot of moments; producing a dynamic but shared typology as you stroll thru each and every development. Using welcoming fabrics, corresponding to picket, glass and light concrete, has helped remold the belief of Koganecho, drawing again the network to totally make the most of the brand new areas. 

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The Koganecho Centre creates a platform of dialog between the artists who’re granted the distance and the network who are living round it, effectively re-functionalizing the land thru exact and neatly researched spatial making plans, developing a precedent for long term community-centric refurbishments. 

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