|Architect||Nobuaki Furuya + NASCA/Tohata Architects & Engineers/P.T.Morimura & Associates|
|Usage||Public Hall, Museum|
|Award||First Prize, Open Design Competition 2016|
Parthenon Tama opened in 1987 and was popular with both men and women of all ages as a place for viewing various performances, holding large-scale events such as coming-of-age ceremonies, and a place for locals to celebrate important occasions. However, over the years the utilization rate of the facility has been declining due to the increased risk of equipment failure, deterioration of surface finishes in various places, overall aging, and the impact of competing facilities in the surrounding area. We aimed to not merely repair the deterioration (not just restoring the original appearance), but for a facility that responds to citizens’ needs that did not exist in the past (adding +α), to revitalize the community including new residents and create local culture, to support further development of the region and continue being popular among citizens going forward. Because the building itself was sufficiently durable, instead of repairing everything we could get hold of, we aimed for a ‘renovation that combines the old and the new to create new value, adding new to the existing’. Instead of remaking everything, we have created a cohesive space where old and new elements come together, capitalizing on the existing and adding new elements where necessary at the core of each space. Keeping in mind that it will be renewed in the future, the infrastructure such as equipment was left partially exposed to reduce construction costs and preserve redundancies that can respond to various usage changes. We hope that this renovation will be a big step for it to become a space that can continue to exist as a dynamic shape that is constantly evolving in response to the changing times.
Photos: Asakawa Satoshi