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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo in Kinshasa, Congo by Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory

 
May 12th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory

This building has built by “grass-root grant aid fund” of Ministry of Foreign Affairs(Japan) in area of Gombe Institute of Pedagogique, the center part of Kinshasa city, D.R. Congo. The plan is 19m×19m and single story building. Semi-exterior penetrates the building and connects different rooms– training hall, classroom, office, tea ceremony room etc.

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  • Architects: Hironori Matsubara,  Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory
  • Project: Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo
  • Location: North area of Gombe Institute of Pedagogigue, Pere Bokaavenue, area of Gombe, Kinshasa city, D.R. Congo
  • Photography: Tokyo Matsubara and Architects
  • Total floor area: 271.3 sq. m
  • Design period: Dec 2011 – Mar 2012
  • Construction period: Mar 2012 –Mar 2013
  • Completion: Mar 2013
  • Construction: ACADEX local volunteer’s construction team
  • Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan

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We built 43 sheets of RC wall-pillars (210mm of thickness, 2420mm of height, and 1050mm of width) and join thm with beams in the top. These beams become the drainage in the rain season.The wooden roof trussed with three different spanshave same height.

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A semi-exterior corridor and the outside courtyard will become the important environmental buffer and the place where people gather in the dry season. This building looks simple from outside, however the inside space has more complicated impression because the interior and exterior space are coexiting.

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This building was built with small scale of governmental budget ( 10 million Japanese Yen) and by non-professional workers, so that the building has open and tolerant atomosphere.

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image Courtesy © Tokyo Matsubara and Architects

Image courtesy BMA Beijing Matsubara and Architects

Image courtesy BMA Beijing Matsubara and Architects

Image courtesy BMA Beijing Matsubara and Architects

Image courtesy BMA Beijing Matsubara and Architects

Image courtesy BMA Beijing Matsubara and Architects

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