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Hasegawa was born in Shizuoka, born 1941, received her degree in architecture from Kanto Gakuin University (1964), trained with Kiyonori Kikutake. In 1969, Hasegawa entered kazua Shinohara’s lab at the Tokyo Institute of Technology as a graduate student. After two years, she became his assistant, a far greater honor and responsibility in Japan than the expression suggests in English. In 1979 she formed her own design firm, Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier, which has designed a number of award-winning buildings in Japan and abroad. Hasegawa is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and has received the Avon Arts Award, the Building Contractor's Society Prize for the Shonandai Cultural Center, the Cultural Award for Residential Architecture (Fukuoka, Japan), and a Design Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan.

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Museum of Fruit

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Location

Yamanashi, Japan

Date

1996

Building Type

museum and greenhouse

Construction System

glass and steel

Climate

Temperate

Context

Rural

Style

High Tech Modern, Expressionist Modern


This museum uses the form of a group of shelters scattered around the site as a metaphor for the vitality and diversity of fruit; a primordial landscape hidden deep in the fantastic human psyche. The Fruit Plaza area represents the image of seeds which have grown in to large trees (themselves the beginnings of a new cycle). The greenhouse, an "encyclopedia oHruiC, represents the memory of the tropical sun in which seeds germinate. The underground exhibition hall is dedicated to the world oHrui t genes. The workshop is a symbol of the "foreignness. inherent in the vitality of seeds. The architecture of the museum tells the story of fruit; the shelters are of different sizes and materials, either planted firmly in the ground or jumping out ofrejecting-the earth. The rich cultural and historical relationship between people and fruit can be symbolized by the way scattered seeds land and prosper in a particular environment. The way in which fruit propagates and mixes can be seen as a metaphor for the coexistence.

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Museum of Fruit


Plans

Museum of Fruit

1- basement

2- first floor

(office)

(Shop)

Secand floor 3- (workshop)

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floor 4-Third (restaurant)


sections

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Museum of Fruit


Fruit Workshop

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Perspective

Museum of Fruit


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Plaza

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Plaza plan

2 Plaza section

Museum of Fruit

3 Plaza roof plan

4 Plaza south elevation


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Museum of Fruit

Restaurant

Underground

Library

workshop


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Himi seaside botanical garden

Design/completion 1993/1995. Himi city, Toyama

Site area:10,119 square meters.

Total floor area: 2,294 square meters. Reinforced concrete, steel


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Himi seaside botanical garden Because the Japanese archipelago is surrounded by sea, its plant life is strongly influenced by sea water and sea winds. The shoreline exhibits a range of landforms, including shifting sand dunes, exposed cliffs, and tidal estuaries with salt marshes. The plant life of these seashore zones has had to adapt to adverse conditions; there is much we can learn from it about the mysteries and power of life forms, which will ultimately strengthen our ecological understanding. The Himi Seaside Botanical Gal"den is located on the Shimao coastline of Toyama Bay, one kilometer from a pine forest. Our design aims to preserve the coastline and to create an environment in which visitors can directly experience the edge between the water and the land.


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Plaza Exhibition halls, a greenhouse, and a glass corridor encircle an oval courtyard exhibition area; this rounded form was chosen to reflect the cyclical characteristics of people and nature. visitors are drawn through the exhibits ,dong this curved exhibition route and can experience the life of the seashore in a number of different ways. The main exhibition hall contains interpretive panels that explain the history, function, and significance of seashore life, from the earliest times to the present. There is a mangrove greenhouse in which visitors can experience a time when tropical plants grew in Himi. Different varieties of vines can be seen in the glass tube, In addition to the oval courtyard exhibit area, there are also workshops, a map room, a flower and insect exhibition room, a caretaker's greenhouse, meeting rooms, and a restaurant/lounge with views of the coast and the nearby Tateyama mountain range.

Himi seaside botanical garden


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Himi seaside botanical garden


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Himi seaside botanical garden


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Himi seaside botanical garden


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Niigata City Performing Arts Centre

Design/Completion : 1993 – 1998 Niigata City Site area : 140,144 sqm Total floor area : 25.100 sqm Constrictor : steel, reinforced concrete


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Niigata City Performing Arts Centre

Established in 1998, Niigata City Performing Arts Centre seeks to provide a welcoming atmosphere for those interested in entertainment and cultural events. The huge ultra-modern building sports three large halls and features large windows which enable visitors to see Niigata City as it changes through each season. The new centre represents the warmth of Niigata and also provides a space for those who are simply interested in spending time with family and friends.


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plans

Niigata City Performing Arts Centre


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Niigata City Performing Arts Centre


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Niigata City Performing Arts Centre


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Niigata City Performing Arts Centre

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