Beacon of revival: Naoshima Hall in Honmura (1)

Beacon of revival: Naoshima Hall in Honmura (1)
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With his new community centre and sports hall, architect Hiroshi Sambuichi has created a central space of gathering and representation for the island dwellers on Naoshima in southern Japan. Part of an overall strategy to revitalise the island, the new buildings are intended to foster social and cultural life in the local community. Their large roofs make optimal use of “the moving materials of nature”, as Sambuichi calls them, in order to provide daylight and fresh air to the building users. The design of the buildings has been based on a combination of experimentation and advanced engineering, as well as a careful reading of the local climate conditions and existing urban patterns.

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