Art and Culture Space Unveiled Under Railway in Yokohama, Japan
A fascinating art and culture space was recently unveiled in the Kogane-Cho area of Yokohama, once the red light district of the prefecture. Located under the railway tracks of the Keihin line the space was developed in an effort to reform the district following government crackdowns that were implemented to transform the area with the city of Yokohama and NPO Koganecho Area Management Centre leading the cultural metamorphosis.
Five architects were invited to work together on a gallery, cafe, studio, and a hall for creators to occupy and present their artwork. Featuring striking pitched roofs peeking from under the rattling railway, complemented by peaceful, intuitive rooms that coherently unfold as one moves through the gallery. This is in contrast to the aged train that runs above the space, providing a pleasant juxtaposition for the space and making it an attraction.