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Elephant design assembly

The elephant design group is a group of Japanese architects . It was founded in 1971 by Koichi Otake , Hiroyasu Higuchi , Reiko Tomita , Tsutomu Shigemura , and Keiko Arimura , who were under Takamasa Yoshizaka. Representative work, Architectural Institute of Japan Prize was awarded the Okinawa Prefecture of Nago City, there is a government office building.

Nago City Hall

In Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, an architectural design competition was held to build a city hall that has long been loved by citizens as a symbol of the city. Two questions were asked. The response to this competition was so great that 308 proposals were collected from all over Japan, and the elephant design group was selected as the designer after a two-step selection process.

Signboard architecture

"Signboard architecture" is a form of store and housing. Most of them are two- to three-story wooden buildings that suddenly appeared during the reconstruction period after the Great Kanto Earthquake, and only the front of the building is covered with refractory materials such as copper plates, mortar, tiles, and slate to decorate the townhouse. .. Although it is a building, the façade of the store itself has become an outdoor advertisement. This façade was literally like a "signboard" and was likened to a canvas, and became a place of expression by the people. This allowed the participation of expressions from amateurs to artists, and created anonymous common housing and people's art. The "Concept of signboard architecture" presented at the Architectural Institute of Japan was a meaningful transmission that made us aware of "architecture without an architect" in modern Japan. While traditional townhouses have a completely different composition of foreign matter, it is also interesting to see a wide variety of eccentric decorations on the foreign body façade. If the word style is used for "signboard architecture," two styles with different levels are used properly. And the two style levels are described at a distance so that they do not collide with each other and get confused. Fujimori regarded "signboard architecture" as an underground river of pseudo-Western style architecture that seemed to have disappeared in the Meiji era. On the other hand, Teijiro Muramatsu does not regard this as the return of the pseudo-Western style architecture created by the vitality of the people, but is positioned as a result of fire prevention measures for wooden buildings that follow the flow of the Urban Building Law of 1920. It is supposed to be a thing.

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