A Happy Solidarity Between Architecture and Society: Maki Onishi and Yuki Hyakuda (Part 2)
For the final interview in the Premium Japan Art Project's young architects interview series, we met with Maki Onishi and Yuki Hyakuda, who work together as "o+h." In the second half of the interview, we discuss their changing thoughts on architecture as a discipline, with particular reference to their new project, Good Job! Center KASHIBA.
A space where everyone can feel welcome
Good Job! Center KASHIBA is a work facility designed to help people with disabilities participate more fully in society, run by the Nara-based Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation. The center is a space for more than just work, however. It also connects the highly individual art of those in residence with designers and businesses that want to make use of it, helping to create exciting new projects and explore new ways to work.
"Working on this project changed how we see the world," says Hyakuda. "We initially thought that we were being asked to offer assistance to people with disabilities through architecture. But we understood eventually that they are expressing themselves freely. We realized that what they wanted us to do was create a space where everyone would feel welcome—whether they had disabilities or not."
Photos (above): Good Job! Center KASHIBA, 2016. Photos by Yoshiro Masuda
(Top) The exterior of Good Job! Center KASHIBA/STUDIO. (Bottom) Inside Good Job! Center KASHIBA. Partitioning between the two ateliers is kept to a minimum.
The center itself consists of two buildings standing slightly apart. One is Good Job! Center KASHIBA/STUDIO, offering a day service for people with disabilities. The other is Good Job! Center KASHIBA proper, with public workspaces and equipment.
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