© SS Co., Ltd. Masato Uchiyama

Japan 2017Misono-Za

Office | Auditorium | Residential | Commercial | Gallery/Museum/Cultural
40F / 1BF

Aichi, JapNagoya has long cultivated performance art and artists and is known as the place of entertainment within Japan. Mizono-za, is located in the center of Nagoya’s theater district and we were tasked with reviving the historic space. The building is a new and unusual complex in that it integrates a shopping center facing a main road, as well apartments above the theater. The former theatre had walls of Namako-kabe (black square tiles with raised white grout), and we used this as the motif of our design developing into a glamorously illuminated façade that could match the “flower” of the city. As for the interior, we looked back to the old Misono-za by using vermillion as the basic color. A wide corridor stretching from the foyer to the main entrance was covered with vermillion helping to enhance this bright and beautiful theater that represents Nagoya.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Atsushi Kawanishi*, Takumi Nakahara* Construction Kajima Corporation Photography ©︎ Masato Uchiyama / SS