Conservation and Renovation Project of Hizuchi Elementary School: First Challenge to Treat a Post-war Wooden Architecture as a Cultural Property

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https://doi.org/10.52200/52.A.SV4RXBPF

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Hizuchi Elementary School is an example of timber modern architecture completed between 1956 and 1958. It was recognized as one of the twenty representative modern buildings in Japan by docomomo in 1999, and from 2006 to 2009 it was meticulously restored. The consortium members for its conservation and renovation were awarded the Annual Award of the Architectural Institute of Japan and World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize in 2012. This paper outlines the project of the Hizuchi Elementary School and the architect Matsumura Masatsune who designed it.

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Hanada, Y. (2015). Conservation and Renovation Project of Hizuchi Elementary School: First Challenge to Treat a Post-war Wooden Architecture as a Cultural Property. Docomomo Journal, (52), 20–27. https://doi.org/10.52200/52.A.SV4RXBPF

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2015-03-01

Author Biography

Yoshiaki Hanada, Kobe Design University

(b. Ehime Pref., Japan, 1956). Dr. of Engineering, University of Tokyo. Professor of Environmental Design at Kobe Design University. Expert in architectural theory and history of modern architecture. Yoshiaki Hanada has made a wide and deep research on Masatsune Matsumura and his works since 1994, which contributed to obtain precise images of the original design of Hizuchi Elementary School in its conservation and renovation project.