© Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Japan 2000Takayanagi Community Center


The building is located in a circular village of Takayanagi town. The building has a traditional silhouette with a thatch roofing, to become a symbol for the view of the circular village which is losing number of the traditional style houses.

A ‘gentle and soft’ architecture making full use of washi (Japanese paper), handmade by the local papermaker Yasuo Kobayashi. Double-layered (drum panelin) washi covers the apertures instead of glass and aluminum sashes. All architectural elements in the interior such as floor and wall are lined with washi. Washi was processed with konjak (yam paste) and persimmon tannin for waterproof property, in order to pursue the potential of a ‘weak material’.

Cooperation Nakata Structural Design Office Accumulation 高輪建築事務所 Publication DETAIL 2001/07 No.149 , Shinkenchiku 2001/02 , GA JAPAN 47 , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , Shinkenchiku 2000/10 , Shinkenchiku 2000/10 , Shinkenchiku 2000/10 , Shinkenchiku 2000/10 , GA JAPAN 46 , Shinkenchiku 2000/09 , JA : The Japan Architect 2000/Summer 38 kengo kuma 隈研吾 Photography ©︎ Mitsumasa Fujitsuka