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Go see art and residential architecture-02

A house designed by architect Hiroshi Hara, built in the 1970s, Awazu Kiyoteiresidente is now open to the public as an art space. The opening ceremony is Yoshikuni Hajime's solo exhibition "Starting from the base, Awazu residence”. I wanted to share my spatial experience with you, so I wrote a report in the first and second parts. This time it's the second half.


A child's room that looks cozy.

The long and narrow children's room was also a more exquisite size than I had imagined, and it was a space where you could feel safe and cozy. While the other public spaces are tiled, the bedrooms have hardwood floors, making them different from each other. The windows are placed low, allowing only the greenery of the garden to be seen. There is a top light, a glass window leading to the studio, and a small window to circulate the air. The room looks comfortable.

A picture displayed in front of the desk in the child's room

On the other side of the wall is the atelier. There is a small window at the foot of the kotatsu-style desk that allows for ventilation. The paintings decorated to match the space created a refreshing impression in harmony with the frosted glass.

A wide-angle photo of the atelier.

Although it is a super wide-angle photo, it shows the entire atelier. Behind the left wall is the children's room.

The Awazu residence was also a place for interaction with many artists. Apparently it was both an atelier and a testing ground.

The back left is a study space that also serves as a back flow line. If you turn to the right, you will find a toilet, bathroom, and Japanese-style room, as well as a staircase leading up to the second floor. It's a deep space, but you can go around it and there are no dead ends.

View of the hall from the dining entrance. You can see the paintings displayed in the atelier in the back.

The hall seen from the dining room. Ahead you can see the paintings displayed in the atelier. (This photo is also a bit wide-angle,...)

A painting that conveys my mother's warmth is displayed in the air-conditioned space at the kitchen entrance.

A work depicting a mother holding a baby displayed near the kitchen entrance. The walls appear to have been used for equipment.

I had a great time experiencing the charm of the space and the warmth of the art. I think it's great that it's open to the public and you can experience a house designed by a master artist 50 years ago. Even so, I don't think photos can really convey the volume.

Koji Hara's most famous works are large buildings such as Kyoto Station and the Umeda Sky Building, but the Awazu Residence has many similarities to Kyoto Station, which I found very interesting.

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