Designer(s): Akira Yoneda, Japan
Category: New Commercial Building, Professional
About the Artist
K Clinic is built in a relatively new small town in Mie prefecture near from Nara and Osaka. The town has been developed since 60's by a railroad company for the people who commute to work in Nara and Osaka. The surroundings used to be a small hill and the new site has the difference level each other following the old undulation. The clinic is located along the main street of the town and made of steel-tube structure. The cantilever of the upper floating part is max 17m long due to the“monocoque” structure that is composed of steel panel t6 + steel deck plate. The shape of the building basically reflects linearity and slope of the street and eventually tries to reproduce the missing profile of the land. The lower part contains a clinic and the upper part is for the doctor's study. They are connected by the neck in which there is a stairs to be one continuous volume. Though the skylight of the clinic waiting room and the opening on the floor of the study patio, people can feel the atmospheres mutually. The study is directed towards mountains at a distance which have been recognized as sacred place since ancient times. The two modes of the building are “anchoring” and “taking off”. Our intentions are to provide an useful place for people in local society through a deep-rooted architecture for one thing and to cast visions and dreams towards a new world by the active architectural image for the other thing.