MIHARA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

MIHARA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Architect
Maki and Associates
Location
Mihara City, Japan
Project Year
2007
Category
Art Galleries

Cultural Centres

MIHARA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Maki and Associates as Architects

The city of Mihara (population 100,000) is located 70 kilometers east of Hiroshima. The site of the new Mihara Performing Arts Center is at the corner of a local park where residents spend their leisure time with children in the playground and small ballpark. While the city expects the new Mihara Performing Arts Center's facilities (rehearsal hall, practice room, and the stage of the main hall) will be actively engaged by residents, it's unlikely the main hall and foyer will reach full capacity all the time. Given this condition, we have arrived at a design concept that expresses the building like a pavilion in the park. The Center will portray a welcoming appearance in the park with a foyer that is simultaneously connected to the park and the Performing Arts Center, which may be used independently for meetings, exhibitions, or relaxation for the park goers when the hall is not being used for large events. To make such uses easier, small inner courts are located within the foyer, which can be opened during favorable weather.

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