Odawara City Art and Culture Center / 小田原市芸術文化創造センター

Odawara, Kanagawa / 神奈川県小田原市

Nightscape from Ohoribata street / お堀端通りからの夜景

Restaurant on the top floor / 最上階レストラン
Open Lobby / オープンロビー
Foyer and Cafe / ホワイエとカフェ
Studio connected to a outdoor theater / 野外劇場とつながるスタジオ

The most prominent feature of this project is the wooden tunnel arch that links art and history. The wooden arch creates a picture window of the castle beyond, uniting the art center with the surrounding historical scenery. The structure of the arch is made of steel, sandwiched with laminated wood sourced from Odawara, which provides the necessary fire protection and structural stability. In order to create harmony within the odd key-shaped site and neighboring building’s, as well as taking hint from the structure of a lantern’s bellows, this semi-cylindrical tunnel building is proposed.


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