Cover image of Korogaru Pavilion

Data

Location
Yamaguchi, Japan
Team
Hiroi Ariyama, Megumi Matsubara
Completion year
2013
Exhibition title
YCAM 10th Anniversary
Exhibition period
26 July – 1 Dec, 2013 / 1 Aug – 31 Aug, 2014
Client
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
Purpose
Summer indoor play park equipped with media art (temporary building)
Site area
8667 sqm
Floor area
407 sqm
Structure
Steel & Wood
Collaborators
Daiya Aida, Kiyoshi Suganuma (YCAM)
YCAM InterLab
Structural engineer: Tokyo University of the Arts, Kanada Structural Design Lab / Mitsuhiro Kanada & Miki Ozeki
Photographers
YCAM, ASSISTANT
Urls
YCAM 10th Anniversary
10+1 On Memorable Architecture 2013-2014: Jo Toda

On the vast lawn of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) forecourt, Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama of the Japanese architecture firm Assistant designed two pavilions where children can play over the summer. The project was commissioned by YCAM to celebrate their 10th anniversary and made in collaboration with the YCAM’s educational program team. YCAM is well known for introducing the most cutting-edge in the spheres of Arts and Media in Japan and abroad, serving as an artistic platform for sharing IT-based media technology, theatre and dance performances, art exhibitions, and more. The pavilions each feature a circular garden in which a variety of elements commingle; the sun, the earth, the air, visual images and sound. The pavilions encourage children to leave the media environment in the YCAM building and interact with the immediate surroundings, including natural light, wind, touching directly soil and plants, feeling the sky and birds mixed with the high-tech media technology. The boundaries between children’s experiences inside the pavilions and the ones induced by playground tools are blurred. The architecture and the playground equipments are given an equal weight and together define the whole environment.

The circular shape dilutes one’s sense of direction. The two pavilions’ structures both contain the void reversing each other’s plan: one holds the void at the centre, while the other is circled by the void. It is those voids that welcome wind and light into the space, heightening children’s awareness towards subtle natural phenomena that surround them.

Images

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    Architecturedrawing, floor plan

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    Architecturedrawing, cross section/elevation

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    3D print model

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    Inner garden

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