Changing a simple home to be an art events center is not an easy thing. However, the warm atmosphere of a home is actually a great capital to create a comfortable art events center. This is what the architect is going to do, turning the Nakajono-machi, Guma Prefecture, Hirozakari Sake Brewery into a facility for various events. Nakajono-machi is an active participant in various art and culture events like Nakajono Biennale. Hirozakari Sake Brewery is actually has been quite familiar with art and culture event, but some redesigning is needed to make it more appropriate for art and culture events.
For the redesigning plan, a special space to store and show 11 birds hunting drums will be served. The art is made as the representative of folk properties. Not only that, a redesigning of the washroom and warehouse will be done as well. A demolishing was even done to give the perfect construction on the building; the parts that are kept are warehouse, storage room and office building. The concept of the design is changing the atmosphere of the Hirozakari Sake Brewery into well-organized building for exhibition that can be so completely different from the original atmosphere.
Some creativity is needed in the reconstruction. One of the examples is the new exhibition room that has no opening. To take the drums in, the architect decided to build a tunnel and forget the old way of creating opening. Glass screen, stainless steel and some other materials are used in this tunnel. Some original touches of the old room are kept like the concrete floor that makes the exhibition room unique. It will lead the artists to be more creative than before. A unique thing can be seen on the washroom. In the toilet, the designer put a mirror, so when we are sitting on the toilet, we can see our reflection. Some mirror panels are put in surprising places. For the exterior, most of the area is covered with lawn.
The lawn is serving multiple advantages. It gives more comfortable atmosphere, friendly environment and cooler temperature. To see some surprises, we can go to ArchDaily.com or visit the location. Hirozakari Sake Brewery site has been used as the center for art events: The 3th Nakanojo Biennale (Augst.20 2011 – October.2 2011). Designed by Kunihiko Matsuba, Ksuke Fukushima.
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Photographs: Tomoki Hirokawa