TIME AS FORMGIVER (IN JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE)
Universidade de Lisboa -
Faculdade de Arquitectura
Time, as an object of study, is assuming a gradually more significant role in architectural theory.
In Japan, although the importance of sustainability is well acknowledged, the circumstances are rather different. The influence of Zen Buddhism and Shintoism, the tradition of wood in construction along with the frequency of earthquakes culminate in the interpretation of buildings as temporary objects.
The moving of Hakozaki’s university campus and the vacancy of its buildings presented itself as an opportunity to study this matter further.
Thus, this project’s main goals were the partial re-integration of the built heritage and the acknowledgment of two kinds of temporality in the same building.
This new building, a community centre, is formed by permanent parts that include not only the base structure and the roof but also the concrete boxes of the library and the sentou; and by temporary parts, more abstract and light in design and which assembly and dismantling don’t interfere with the main structure.