The project is situated on the east side of Lake Biwa the largest lake in Japan and is the first medical building for rent in this area.
The form of this construction is inspired by the dancing light and the shadow and day-long Noh performances. The day-long slow dance is expressed through a sculptural solid manner achieving a richness obtained through simplicity. Random curves sculptured into the façade create a random structure. They are 41.13m on the long side, 13.13m on the short side, and 7m in height, providing 12 entrances for people and 30 openings for light.
The shafts of light woven by the stripes of the wall have an effect to change the nature of an ordinary crossing path. Form has an effect to vibrate lights. Inside “The Strip” that dances slowly all through a day, children whirl around coming from the nearby kindergarten.
Children and people going to the hospital are crossing. Refreshment of mind and warmth are present here which cannot commonly be seen in hospitals.
ARCHITECT: EASTERN design office.,Inc., Kyoto, Japan, www.eastern.e-arc.jp
. CLIENT: TOYO-KAIHATSU Co., ltd. LOCATION: Shiga Japan. PROJECT TEAM: Project team: EASTERN design office + HOJO STRUCTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE. CONSTRUCTION: Okudakomuten Co., Ltd. AREA: 1012,26 sqm. DATE: 2007.
COPYRIGHT: EASTERN design office. PHOTOES: Koichi Torimura. DESIGN: EASTERN design office + Jin Sasaki.
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