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Japan 2018Yu no Eki Ohyu


Oyu onsen is a famous hot spring in Kazuno, Akita. We designed a community center here incorporating a shop, café, open-air theater, park, footbath, and biotope under one large roof. In order to create a dynamic space which varies according to the diverse programs, we referred to mage wappa, a round lunch basket made of thin wood, a traditional craft in Akita’s. Cylinders of LVL (laminated veneer lumber) reference mage wappa and comprise the structure of the building. The assemblage of those rings then functions not only as a transparent structure but also as a partition or a shelf when needed.

Team Kenji Miyahara, Tessei Suma*, Yutaro Ota* Construction Kodama Setsubi Kogyo, Ishikawa-Gumi, Okumura Denki Cooperation Ejiri Structural Engineers Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Accumulation Futaba Quantity Surveyors Exterior PLACEMEDIA, Landscape Architects Collaborative Award 第2回ウッドファーストあきた木造・木質化建築賞, SDA Award 2019 (The 53rd) (Yu no Eki Ohyu) Publication GA JAPAN 142 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office