©Kenta Hasegawa

Japan 2014Towada City Plaza


This wooden building was constructed as the city’s community center for people to gather. We repeated the roofs for the façade so that it could merge into the neighboring townscape of small houses. On the exterior wall, wainscot panels are applied with spaces in between, and it expresses a warm and friendly face to the street of the land to the north. The street in front of the building actually extends into the interior, and is given the name “Michi-no-Hiroba (plaza for the street),” around which a children’s playroom, cooking studio and tatami room are arranged.

Team Teppei Fujiwara*, Masafumi Harigai*, Mukai Yuka*, Miki Sato Construction 上北建設・経商事・竹達建設 Cooperation Jun Sato Structural Engineers Facility Kankyo Engineering Publication Casa BRUTUS 2020/11 vol.247 , GA JAPAN 132 , Nikkei Architecture 2014/01/25 , GA JAPAN 119 , GA JAPAN 115 , Shinkenchiku 2012/02 Photography ©︎ Kenta Hasegawa