Hiroshi Sambuichi. The public building Naoshima Hall

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The Naoshima Hall is a public multifunctional building designed by the Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi. The public edifice is a new addition to the extensive architectural project initiated over 20 years ago by the businessman Soichiro Fukutake that spreads across tree islands set in the Seto Inland Sea: Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima.

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Hiroshi Sambuichi  planned the 1000 sq m eco-friendly building after carefully researching the movement of the wind, water and sun on the island. Therefore, the Naoshima Hall has a traditional irimoya hip-and-gable roof that controls airflow and the interior features washi paper, shikkui plastering and hinoki cypress walls. The Naoshima Hall serves as a hub for various pass-time activities that range from art to sports.

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Photo credits: Shigeo Ogawa

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