Showing posts with label Shin Takamatsu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shin Takamatsu. Show all posts

Monday, October 24, 2011

Inside Meteor Plaza


This is what Meteor Plaza was built around, its the Mihonoseki meteorite, a 6.8 kilo piece of rock that smashed through a house in the nearby fishing village of Sozu on the night of December 10th, 1992.

There were violent thunderstorms that night so the residents didnt notice it until they found the holes in their roof and floors next morning.


The meteor is diplayed inside the conical section of this unusual building. The section of the building modelled on the shape of the meteor itself houses a 500 seat auditorium. I think they were a little optimistic about how many visitors would want to come and see the meteor. When we visited we were the only ones there in the vast, cavernous space.


Inbetween showings of a short movie about the meteor the hall is lit with a kind of light and music show.


Adjacent to the auditorium is a small museum showing photos and press clippings as well as sections of the roof and floor that the meteor passed through.


The strange interior shape of the auditorium lent itself to photos of unusual geometric shadow patterns...

Meteor Plaza was designed by architect Shin Takamatsu, and photos of the unusual exterior can be seen in this previous post.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Meteor Plaza


Meteor Plaza is a complex located in Shichirui, a small coastal village now part of Mihonoseki which is now part of Matsue.


The complex includes a ferry terminal (for the Oki Islands), an auditorium, a seawater indoor swimming pool, and a museum.


The museum house the Mihonoseki Meteor which hit a village nearby in 1992. The cone of the building represents the meteors trajectory to earth, and the weird spheroid shape is modelled on the shape of the meteor itself.


The complex was designed by Shimane architect Shin Takamatsu and was opened in 1995



Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hamada Childrens Museum of Art (inside)


Here in Shimane we have more museums and galleries per capita than any other Prefecture bar one. This may partially be due to the continued haemorrhaging of the population to the big cities, Shimane's population is decreasing faster than anywhere else, but it is most probably due to the massive influx of construction money from Tokyo. Shimane continues to vote LDP.


One person who has benefited from this influx of construction money is local-born architect Shin Takamatsu, the designer of the Hamada Childrens Museum of Art.


Architecture, modern or otherwise, lends itself easily to photography that leans towards the anstract, as does mine.


In the late afternoon and evening the sun creates fantastic patterns of light and shadow.


While all the big cities in Japan have their fair share of interesting modern architecture, its fun to explore the rural areas of Japan to find such things.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hamada Childrens Museum of Art (outside)


The Hamada Childrens Museum of Art (without 53,00 hankies) opened 1n 1998.

Its located right next to Shimane University on the hillside overlooking Hamada.


Like many public buildings in Shimane it was designed by Shimane-born architect Shin Takamatsu.


The space is divided up into 3 zones, an exhibition space, a practical/workshop space, and a non-functional space.


Various exhibitions, workshops, and events take place throughout the year.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Matsue National Government Building


Opened in 2004, this building houses a variety of National govedrnment offices that previously had been scattered across the town. The Immigration Office is here, so I and other foreigners who live in Shimane visit it often.


It was designed by Shin Takamatsu who also designed the Kunibiki Messe building across the road.


The south facing surface of the building has glass louvers to cut down on the airconditioning bills and the roof features a rainfall catchment system.


Other than that it is a fairly ordinary office block.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Atrium at Kunibiki Messe


The Kunibiki Messe is a large convention center and exhibition hall in Matsue, Shimane.


Designed by Shimane-born architect Shin Takamatsu.


The central atrium features the forms common to much of Takamatsu's work... cones, cylinders, spheres, etc.


Running through the space is an elevated walkway that connect the 4th and 5th floors.


Up to the 5th floor


Down to the 4th floor.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Kunibiki Messe


The Kunibiki Messe is a large convention and conference center up in Matsue.


Kunibiki means "land pulling", and refers to an ancient Izumo legend. Messe is the German word for "Fair".


It opened in 1992 and was designed by Shin Takamatsu.

We have a lot of buildings by Takamatsu in Shimane as he is a local man, from Nima.


It doesnt look like much from a distance, but close up one can discern something interesting inside......


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Inside nagasaki ferry terminal


The inverted, truncated, cone section of the Nagasaki ferry terminal is a large open space lit by strong, natural, light from the roof.


Designed by Shimane-born architect Shin Takamatsu, it reminds me a lot of another of his building, the Public Spa at Tamatsukuri Onsen (which I haven't posted yet)



Saturday, May 1, 2010

Nagasaki Ferry Terminal


As we walked towards the new Nagasaki Ferry terminal to catch the tour boat to Battleship island, I had a sneaking suspicion it was a Shin Takamatsu design.


It had all the hallmarks of his work,.... metal, concrete, glass, simple platonic solids, often with spaces cut out...., and a certain whimsy I appreciate in his work.


Sure enough, I was right, it was designed by him and built in 1995.


I have photos of two other ferry terminals designed by him, at Shichirui, and Sakaiminato,.... I will post them soon....


The best part of this structure was the inside, and photos of that I will post tomorrow.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nima Sand Museum (inside)

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The centrepiece of Nima's sand museum is the largest sandtimer/hourglass in the world, 6 metres in height amd 1 metre wide, it contains more than 1 ton of sand that takes a year to flow through the narrow gap.

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Every New Years Eve the timer is lowered from its position high up in the main glass pyramid of the museum and invited guests turn it 180 degrees to begin a new year.

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Other than the sandtimer there is not actually a lot to see at the museum...... there are a few artworks using sand, and a collection of sands from around Japan, but not much else.

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The outside of the museum, designed by local architect Shin Takamatsu, is more interesting.