SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

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AGRI-COMMUNITY CENTER

This community center is located in Shiga Prefecture, in a region historically devoted to agriculture. Due to the globalized conditions of the farming system, the local community struggled to maintain its small scale enterprises and the profit derived from the crops gradually declined.

The project seeks to revitalize this economically depressed area by encouraging eco-tourism, fostering therefore a cultural exchange between urban dwellers and farmers.

The building is conceived as a multi-purpose hall in which each activity pertains to a ship-shaped core. The interstices between the curvy cores are transparent as to suggest the appreciation of the surrounding landscape. Such layout allows full interaction between different activities, such as cooking sessions, workshops and social gatherings. The construction system here applied, Container Structure System, has been developed earlier with engineer Hirokazu Toki and validated with the construction of the Kyosato Gallery.

LOCATION
Takashima, Shiga, Japan
PROGRAM
Community Center
YEAR
2006
SIZE
449.72 sqm
STRUCTURE
Wooden Structure, 2story
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Mizuhara Architectural Design Office
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Hirokazu Toki
CONTRACTOR:
Ohyama Kensetsu Co. Ltd.
PHOTO CREDITS:
SS Osaka
LINKS
http://www.maff.go.jp/kinki/soumu/suishin/sensin/jikyuritsu/0712_3shiga1.html

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