Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Aomori Prefecture Building, Japanese Festival Building
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Aomori : Japanese Festival Design
Aomori Festival Building design by molo + d/dt Arch + Frank la Rivière Architects
17 Jul 2011
Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Design : molo + d/dt Arch + Frank la Rivière Architects inc
A Home for the Nebuta Festival and its floats: Nebuta-no-ie Warasse
Text by Frank la Rivière (FRA inc)
In August, Nebuta Festival (origin 8th century) fever descends upon Aomori. Nebuta, created anew each year, take the form of huge (9 x 7 x 5.5 m) paper lantern like floats showing warriors from Japanese and Chinese history and myth in dramatic poses often showing battle scenes. Roughly 20 large Nebuta are paraded through the streets accompanied by drums, bamboo flutes and hordes of revelers in traditional attire, dancing and chanting.
The Nebuta-no-ie Warasse is dedicated to all aspects of the Nebuta festival. Located in front of Aomori train station, there were the city meets the sea, the building was opened on January 5th 201. As visitors approach, the building and its plaza frame a view of Aomori Bay.
A screen of twelve meter tall steel ribbons wraps the whole building and encloses an outdoor walkway, a threshold between the mythical world of Nebuta and the contemporary city. Each ribbon is twisted and bended to form openings for light, views and passageways.
Inside, the Nebuta, luminous creatures, will reside in darkness. Humans enter into a world of giants. Visitors first travel through the history of the Nebuta festival and Aomori city, to arrive at an upper level platform that brings them eye to eye with the real Nebutas.
A ramp descends into the Nebuta Hall, a large T-shaped space that recreates the darkness of the city streets by night through the simple choice of black materials: black polished concrete floors, black stucco walls and a black painted ceiling. This materiality is dominant through out the whole building except for the only two white cores that stand out.
Each year, five new prize winning Nebuta take up residence in the Nebuta-no-ie Warasse and the cycle of designing and constructing the Nebuta starts all over again.
The Performance Hall (L2) opens to the Nebuta Hall, its huge sliding doors allowing for the Nebuta to become present in performances. Below, the Music Rehearsal Area can be used integrated with the nebuta Hall by opening similar large sliding doors. Both the restaurant (L1) and the multi-purpose space (L2) for community events offer glimpses into the Nebuta Hall as well as views to the sea.
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse – Building Information
Client: City of Aomori
Project Schedule: Design: Sep 2006 – Feb 2009
Location: Yasukata 1-1-35, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Execution: Mar 2009 – Oct 2010
Architectural Design & Site Supervision: molo design & d/dt Arch inc & Frank la Rivière Architects inc
Structural Engineering: Kanebako Structural Engineers
MEP: P.T. Morimura & Associates
Construction Kajima -Fujimoto-Kurahashi JV
Site area 13,011.76 m2
Build area 4,339.83 m2
Gross floor area 6,707.98 m2
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse Aomori-ken images / information from Frank la Riviere, Architects
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