Project / 3rd Quarter 2021

Matsubara Civic Library

Instead of reclaiming the pond, the architects designed a structure that sits inside the water. Photo by Kai Nakamura

Dotted with reservoirs to secure water for agriculture, Matsubara City has a characteristic landscape that is also speckled with tombs built in ancient times in its residential areas. Although the tombs are huge man-made structures, they came to resemble natural landforms and have become a part of the physical landscape over the long passage of time.

Photo showing Kofun (megalithic tombs or tumuli that are massive mounds of earth and stone) in Matsubara City < >

In recent years, there has been a tendency to reclaim the reservoirs and plan buildings on them. The site of this project sits at a corner of a reservoir. ...

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