the new market for kagawa
with Prof. Toshiko Mori, Harvard GSD Option Studio, Spring 2019
The proposal aims to reactivate Kenzo Tange’s Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium through the reintroduction of a traditional and unique program to the Sanuki region - the market. Currently lacking public space for commercial exchange, the fresh food and produce community will be brought back into the city of Takamatsu. The New Market will become a new food exchange hub that highlights the produce of the well-known Sanuki Plains. It will provide a new market experience by integrating traditional market stalls with other activities, such as an amphitheatre for seasonal and festival celebrations and a ramped market much like the stalls in Japanese temples.
The new intervention is designed to re-introduce the human scale into Tange’s gymnasium. The intention is to bring the large scale building closer to humans’ perceptual ability without sacrificing the original expression. By reframing the human scale, a new spatial experience will be achieved in the existing gymnasium. Thus, the design started from small-scale studies, such as the expression of joints. The decision of a wooden-joint system that inserts into the Tange’s original structure pays tribute to Tange’s rooted interest in wooden structures. To minimize the market system’s presence on the ground, it is designed to hang from existing beams and suspend above ground. The new addition not only shows respect to the building’s relationship with the ground and its original structural expression, but also pays tribute to Tange’s early wood studies. The New Market strives to be a design intervention that is functionally inviting to the community but stylistically traditional - it is an integrated attachment that will rekindle the life of Tange’s gymnasium.