Approaching the Past through Creative Preservation

Kofuin (Former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall)

After an attempt by the architect Yasufumi Kijima, who was working as a teacher at a local prefectural university, to preserve a former technical school lecture hall (built in 1908) went unheeded, he acquired the structural components and turned the building into his private residence. While retaining the original exterior, Kijima manipulated the plans and sections to fit the building’s new purpose, enhancing the “otherness” of the old elements and design details. This structure is not only critical of the idea that “newly built is best,” but also of academic preservation and regionalism regards an existing design or place as sacred.

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  • Kofuin (Former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall)

    Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture

    Yasufumi Kijima 

    1908, 1976 (relocated)

    (First and Third) Photo credit: Satoshi Asakawa, first and second photo

    (Second, black and white) Courtesy of Takashi Kitano

  • Kofuin (Former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall)

    Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture

    Yasufumi Kijima 

    1908, 1976 (relocated)

    (First and Third) Photo credit: Satoshi Asakawa, first and second photo

    (Second, black and white) Courtesy of Takashi Kitano

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