molo design: nebuta house
 
molo design: nebuta house
jul 24, 2012

molo design: nebuta house

‘aomori nebuta house museum’ by molo design, aomori, japan image © iwan baan all images courtesy of molo design

 

 

 

vancouver-based molo design has designed the ‘aomori nebuta house museum’, a centre for the local nebuta festival positioned on the waterfront of aomori, japan. the firm won the project by competition in 2002, and transitioned from an initial program of housing and community facility to a cultural venue for the annual event dedicated to the storey-telling of heroes, demons, creatures and myths.

 

contrasting the context of grey box buildings, the structure’s primary steel and glass enclosure is bordered with 820 vibrant red steel ribbons spanning 12 meters in height. spaced at even intervals and secured at the top and bottom ends, the paper thin metal elements bend and twist to create entries and openings, appearing to be blown by the wind. hand-made and adjusted on-site, the permeable appearance of the facade encourages the beings to reside within. spaced away from the main building, the perimeter steel members form a sheltered corridor, representing an ‘engawa’. as daylight passes through the screen, an interplay of light, shadow and reflection occur during the changing path of the sun. five nebuta from each year are included within the collection, archiving and sharing the history of the tradition with future generations.

molo design: nebuta house view from the train station image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house facade comprised of 820 steel ribbons image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house secured at the top and bottom ends, the elements twist and bend image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house angles of the ribbons introduce or block daylight image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house walkway is laced between the steel and glass structure and perimeter ribbon enclosure image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house facade detail image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house corner entry image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house entry image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house entry image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house facade detail image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house perimeter corridor image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house glazing of interior structure image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house auditorium image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house during summer image © molo design

molo design: nebuta house ribbon elements seamlessly meet the ground image © molo design

molo design: nebuta house visitors may pass through the ribbons from the sidewalk image © molo design

molo design: nebuta house perimeter corridor image © molo design

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house image © iwan baan

molo design: nebuta house site plan

molo design: nebuta house floor plan / level 0 1. entry 2. entry hall 3. administration 4. shop 5. restaurant 6. flexible music rooms 7. private area for nebuta artists 8. nebuta hall 9. protected outdoor walkway

molo design: nebuta house floor plan / level 1 1. nebuta study 2. nebuta information 3. nebuta history 4. community spaces 5. theater 6. nebuta hall below

molo design: nebuta house section

molo design: nebuta house section

molo design: nebuta house section

molo design: nebuta house section

molo design: nebuta house section

molo design: nebuta house elevation

molo design: nebuta house elevation

molo design: nebuta house elevation

molo design: nebuta house elevation

project info:

architectural design and site supervision: molo (todd macallen + stephanie forsythe), d&dt arch (yasuo nakata), frank la rivière architects inc (frank la rivière) structural engineering: kanebako structural engineers MEP: pt morimura & associates, ltd construction: kajima – fujimoto – kurahashi construction jv

  • good! love how the façade works. it’s not easy to design a building with a “compact” unitary shape, such as a cube, or a cylinder, and make it not looking odd or banal or boring or “cheap-designed”. bravi!

    ivan
  • these folks are truly great – love their work

    dbkii

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