The Site (November 2012)
On Friday 25th of July the building permit was granted for our project S-HOUSE in Tsukuba. Today on Sunday 27th of July the construction contract was signed. We are now looking forward to the works to start on site at the end of August. But in the meantime the site needs to be cleared as it has become a wilderness in the meantime.
GLOBAL ARCHITECTS AID
先週の金曜・土曜で住民説明会を行いました。 あまり大きな規模ではない賃貸併用住宅ですが、市の条例により、説明会を開催することになりました。少人数での開催でしたが、隣家の方にも来て頂けて、詳細をご説明し、意見を交わすことができました。 とてもよい方々ばかりで、今後、よい関係が築けていけそうです。
50th anniversary exhibition at ICS College of Arts
Study Model 1:30 scale made for the exhibition showing the design for the energy efficient house in Tsukuba that we are designing now. The model was on display during the 50th anniversary exhibition at ICS College of Arts.
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WAN Civic Buildings Award 2011 for Nebuta-no-ie Warasse (Nebuta House)
Winner of the WAN Civic Buildings Award, completed category: Nebuta House (Nebuta-no-ie Warasse), Aomori City, Japan
Nebuta House (Nebuta-no-ie Warasse), a museum and centre for creative culture in Japan wins the completed category of this year’s WAN Civic Buildings Award.
The WAN Civic Buildings Award, completed category has this year been awarded to molo, d&dt Arch and Frank la Rivière Architects Inc. for Nebuta House (Nebuta-no-ie Warasse). Nebuta House is a museum and centre for creative culture in the Northern Japanese city of Aomori and is inspired by the craftsmanship and spirit of the Nebuta Festival.
The Civic Buildings Award celebrates and promotes the best in international architecture for public use, attracting entries from all over the world. Fittingly the panel of judges was a highly experienced group who understand the complexities and opportunities in this sector. The jury included Lady Patricia Ann Hopkins – Co Founder of Hopkins Architects, Miles Delap – Partner at Gardiner & Theobald, Keith Williams – Founder of Keith Williams Architects, Morten Schmidt – Co-Founder of schmidt hammer lassen and Ralph Johnson – Design Principal at Perkins & Will.
An exciting shortlist included Sunset Chapel in Acapulco, Mexico. This chapel is the first religious commission for Bunker Arquitectura and is a chapel which appears as a magnificent rock that blends with its surrounding nature. Sunset Chapel was considered such a strong entry that it was awarded ‘Highly Commended’. Another very strong contender was Norihiko Dan
and Associates for their impressive tourism bureau on Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan. It was from this exceptional shortlist Nebuta House (Nebuta-no-ie Warasse) in Northern Japan was crowned the deserved winner.
A number of incredibly strong entries had the judges struggling to come to a shortlist. On reaching this shortlist they agreed that the civic submissions on the final list all offer hope and spirited design that encapsulate the very meaning of the term ‘public space’.
This notion of civic function was intrinsic to the jury’s decision process, with the majority of projects catching the eye of our jurors for their balance of strong architectural design and commitment to civic function. Keith Williams, Founding Partner of Keith Williams Architects was particularly taken with Larraz Arquitectos’ Shelter Home for the Homeless in Pamplona, which easily made the shortlist, commenting: “Many homeless people are untied over a social embarrassment about where they are, so a place like this where you are not under display would be quite a good thing.”
A number of schemes were praised for their easy integration into the surrounding landscape; JDS’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump was singled out for this purpose, alongside Bunker Arquitectura’s Sunset Chapel, both prominent figures in their communities yet sympathetic to the surrounding flora and fauna.
Selecting the winner in the completed category was harder still, but Nebuta House (Nebuta-no-ie Warasse), Aomori City, Japan was the most highly admired amongst the judges. Miles Delap, Partner at Gardiner & Theobald was particularly taken with the building: “It has the complexity that’s important in a civic building. It blends very nicely the community uses, the community art form which is obviously really interesting. The community art form is visually exciting and the building doesn’t compete with that but it has a really beautiful and lovely façade and depth to it that you don’t often see.”
Morten Schmidt, Co-Founder, schmidt hammer lassen, added that it was “a very modern building and very poetic”. He continued that “the project brings social energy and art and blends them together. A historical and traditional art form brought into a modern frame but done in a very elegant way”
Ralph Johnson, Principal and Design Director at Perkins+Will, Chicago also commented that Nebuta was “an interstitial space that transforms a black box function to create connections back to the city, with a façade of undulating individual shaped steel ribbons symbolizing the myth and tradition of this local festival.” Ending with saying that Nebuta is a “strong form which reinforces a specific regional-cultural tradition and becomes a year round civic amenity”
WAF Shortlist announced Nebuta-no-ie Warasse (previously Nebuta House)
Completed Buildings » Culture
Guangzhou Opera House Zaha Hadid Architects
Guangzhou Pearl River Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute China
HARPA Reykjavik Concert and Congress Centre Henning Larsen Architects
Batteriid Architects Iceland
Hoki Museum Nikken Sekkei Ltd. Japan
Holburne Museum of Art Eric Parry Architects United Kingdom
MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architects and Urban Planners Italy
Musashino Art University Museum & Library Sou Fujimoto Architects Japan
Museum of Liverpool 3XN United Kingdom
Museum of Memory and Tolerance Arditti+RDT/arquitectos Mexico
Nebuta House molo d&dt Arch Frank la Rivière Architects Inc Japan
NO99 Straw Theatre Salto AB OÜ Estonia
OMS Stage 5468796 Architecture Inc. Canada
Raif Dinckok Yalova Cultural Center EAA-Emre Arolat Architects Turkey
SHIMA KITCHEN ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE Japan
Soumaya Museum FREE / Fernando Romero Mexico
Sperone Westwater Foster + Partners United States of America
Windmill Hill Stephen Marshall Architects LLP United Kingdom
Completed Buildings » Display
Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Centre DesignInc Australia
Naturum Vattenriket White arkitekter AB Sweden
Nebuta House molo d&dt Arch Frank la Rivière Architects Inc Japan
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion Snøhetta Norway
Pavilion, Lille Museum of Modern Art 2hD Architects/ Nottingham Trent University France
Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion Marlon Blackwell Architect United States of America
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre Architecture Workshop New Zealand
Windmill Hill Stephen Marshall Architects LLP United Kingdom
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse in GA 109 – March April 2011
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse in Nikkei Architecture
The February 2011 (no 945) issue featured Nebuta-no-ie Warasse in a two page article. In the same period we collaborated with Nikkei Architecture and Hewlett-Packard on an article published in the March 2011 (no 947) issue. For about two we were asked to test run the large size HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer-scanner-plotter. The fact that this printer can handle A0 size drawings, that it is also a scanner and its reasonable price-quality ration makes it an attractive machine, provided one has the space. We had to clear our living romm to do the test.
N-HOUSE in SPACE series 2 RESIDENCE
SPACE is a series published by Beisistudio Pace Publishers in Hong Kong. Previously Y-HOUSE was selected for the HOME issue and this time N-HOUSE was included in RESIDENCE together with a wide veriety of residential interiors.
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On 28th official inspections by the officials of the city took place.
Images taken one day before the official hand-over of the building.
At the same time in a meeting between the city and molo the official credits, to be uded in all publications, were determined as follows:
1) This version to be used in headers etc
Architects: Molo + d/dt Arch + Frank la Rivière Architects inc
2) Credits short version:
Architectural Design and Site Supervision
– molo (Todd MacAllen + Stephanie Forsythe)
– d&dt Arch (Yasuo Nakata)
– Frank la Rivière Architects Inc (Frank la Rivière)
Structural Engineering – Kanebako Structural Engineers
MEP – PT Morimura & Associates, Ltd
Construction – Kajima – Fujimoto – Kurahashi Construction JV
3) DETAILED PROJECT DATA
City of Aomori, Japan
design + site supervision
Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen with Robert Pasut, Kan A.,
Atsushi N., Duncan Wright, Kevin James, Adam Sharkey, Takuya
Shikanai, and Mathew-Arthur Bulford
Yasuo Nakata, with Atsuo Yano (previous staff)
Frank la Rivière Architects inc.
Frank la Rivière, with Paola Itikawa Otsuka (previous staff) and Yoko Mima
Kanebako Structural Engineers
Yoshiharu Kanebako, Yasuhiro Mochizuki
PT Morimura & Associates, Ltd.
Masanori Sodekawa, Takashi Yoshida (mechanical), Akira Katayanagi (electrical)
Nittobo Acoustic Engineering Co. Ltd
Kajima – Fujimoto – Kurahashi Construction JV
Masato Shinohe, Tadahiro Watanabe, Hajime Mizoe, Kenji Hirai,
Yoden – Utou Construction JV
Kouji Kawayama, Akikazu Okuzaki (Stage Lighting: Yutaka Oda, Stage
Audio: Akihiro Kimura)
Shikanai – Daiki Construction JV
Toshiyuki Kidachi, Hiroshi Fujigamori
担当／Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen with Robert Pasut,
Kan A., Atsushi N., Duncan Wright, Kevin James, Adam Sharkey,
Takuya Shikanai, and Mathew-Arthur Bulford
担当／Frank la Rivière, Paola Itikawa Otsuka（元所員） 美馬陽子
担当／袖川政憲 吉田崇（機械） 片柳哲（電気）
担当／四戸理人 渡邊忠博 溝江肇 平井賢二 赤間弘正
担当／川山孝二 奥崎昭和 （舞台照明：尾田豊 舞台音響：木村明
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Images taken during the final inspection of the building by the fire department and city officials a week before the scheduled handover on the 29th of October.
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Progress of the construction of the multi-purpose spaces on the second floor.
The foyer at L2. from this area the theater/event hall as well as the Nebuta Museum is accessed.
The steel screens that separate the reference area from the Nebuta hall.
Overview of the Nebuta hall from the second floor.
The music rehearsal spaces. This large spaces will have movable separation wall in order to be able to split the hall into three smaller ones. A large sliding door allows for a connection to the Nebuta hall in the eventuality of events in which a combined use is required.
The construction progress of the cafe & restaurant. To the right the frame of the counter
the Entrance hall.
The Nebuta will access the Nebuta hall through these large sliding door. They are at this moment being finished.
The west facade is nearing completion.
A view of the ambulatory on the west side. The light of the afternoon sun filters through the ribbons and doubles in the reflection of the glazing.
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View from the second floor theater/event hall through to the large sliding door (14.5×8.5m) that is sized to the let Nebuta (present size 9 m wide x 7 m deep x 5 m high) access the Nebuta exhibition hall. The large white wall will be used as projection screen showing the vibrance and energy of the nebuta festival.
View of the entrance hall.
View of the cat-walk in the theater/event hall.
Construction progress of the Nebuta Exhibition Hall.
Construction progress of the Nebuta Exhibition Hall.
The removal of the scafolding made today the first day that the ribbon screen was visible on the full North side and partly on the East side after the installation had progressed smoothly. I reality a first glimps of how the building will look like eventually. The color is reminiscent of redish colors used in traditional Japanese architecture and may well evoke references to Japanese laquer ware. Difficult to purvey in photographs is that it’s true nature is that it is not exacly a red, or a brown or an ocer, but it has aaspect of all these color. The aim was that under different lighting conditions the color would show differently. By times more red, by times more orange or brownish.
For each ribbon the angle at the bottom is determined, while the top part is parralel to the building, but inbetween these fixed points the ribbons are bend without preset parameters. This means that the steelwokers will have to judge from the available drawings and the images of the model the extend of the bending. They have been doing their utmost to stay close to the images of the model interpreting, what is in the model strips of paper, into strips of steel (9 mm thick and 12 meter high, width of 300 mm) at a completely different scale. The scale factor is very important with regard to constructability and greatly dertermines in this case how much pre-forming is possible. But as can be seen in the images is that the end result is like “paper thin” sculpural strip that create a facade that is both open and closed, both solid and immaterial. The experience changes with movement and location, opening and closes views, shielding and revealing, raising curiosity with regard to the contents of this building.
Image taken around 17:30 showing the working of the ribbons in relation to lights filtering trough from the interior.
View of the North (sea) side and the East side.
View from the covered passage encircling the building. A dominant element in the surounding is the bay bridge that is here seen filtered through the ribbon screen.
The second pilon of the bay bridge seen here reflected off the glazing of the restaurant/cafe .
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View from the entrance into the entrance hall.
View from the shop back into the entrance hall.
This image show the corridor to the music rehearsal area with to the right the area where the reception counter will be. The window above allows views to the entarnce of the Nebuta History Corner. It also shows the large duct that could only pass the structure in this area.
The ramp in the Nebuta Hall. The substrate for the platersboard walls in place with reservations for the back-lit show windows.
The ceiling of the Nebuta Hall.
View into the Nebuta Hall, with to the leftthe volume with the restaurant at L1 and to the right the theater hall at L2 and the music rehearsal area at L1. In the back the ramp that brings one down into the Nebuta Hall from the Nebuta History area and the large opening that will be fitted with a large sliding door to let the Nebuta into or outof the space.
View of the foyer at L2. From this area both the theater hall (to the left) and the Nebuta History area are accessed (opening in the back). One center column dominates the space.
View through the cafe area towards the restaurant in the back. A low horizontal window allows for views of the Nebuta Hall. To the right the core with the kitchen area and in front the area where the counter will be placed.
Tachineputa 2010 Goshogawara
The two Neputa in this image are through out the year on view in Neputa no Yakata. The are the tallest and stand a hugh 22 meters. They are so tall that they are quite visible from a long distance as the buildings in Goshogawara are not so tall. We had an impressive view of four of these giants from the high way encircling the city.
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View of the construction works from Aomori station. To coincide with the Nebuta Festival a part of the facade screen has been erected on the north side (the redish bit on the sea side) of the building. The installation progress is smooth and instead of the initially planned 10 ribbons a day roughly 20 ribbons are presently installed per day.
View from the station square.
View from the sea side. Still barely visible behind the scafolding, almost half of the north side facade with the steel ribbons installed.
The west facade with behind the glazing the entrance hall.
Nebuta Festival 2010
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A partial inspection of the steel ribbon facade screen was conducted at the factory of Kikukawa. At the factory a whole hall is reserved for the production of the facade screen. Here the bending and the welding of the brackets takes place. Hereafter the ribbons are shipped to a factory in Kawasaki for blasting and coating, after which they are send to Aomori by trailer. The transport of the 12 m long ribbons takes place on large size trucks. On site with a pace of 10 ribbons a day the installation takes place. The handeling of these 12 m long and 9 mm tick pre-bend ribbons is not easy. On site they are lifted in place one by one, but first they have to be brought into an upright position without damage.
For each ribbon the angle at the bottom is determined, while the top part is parralel to the building, but inbetween these fixed points the ribbons are bend without preset parameters. This means that the steelwokers will have to judge from the available drawings and the images of the model the extend of the bending. The test set-up conducted on site in February showed a relatively straightforward area, today a more complex area was inspected. A part of the entrance area, there where the ribbons are bend to the side to create a passage. Because of the complexity of the form in this area, it was not possible to make the ribbons form one steel plate, instead two steel plates were welded together after bending. In all the impression is that the result will be close to the design intend.
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The opening date for Warasse has been set and announced. The yomiuri on-line anounces the opening date Janaury 5th 2011.http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/aomori/news/20100729-OYT8T00112.htm Also the official web-site of Warasse anounces the date and that the doors will be open from 9:00 am.http://www.nebuta.or.jp/warasse/warasse/index.html
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2011
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse awarded THE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2011The World’s Most Prestigious Global Awards for New
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Planning
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
AND Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd.
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd. have organized The International Architecture Awards as away in which to honor the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built around the world by the most important architects, landscape architects and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally.
The International Architecture Awards give an important global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work to the real estate, banking, business, and corporate community, as well as to the press and general public worldwide.
The program is one of the Museum’s most important public education outreach initiatives produced throughout the year—to the Museum’s international audience.
The International Architecture Awards are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point-of-view.
The program pays tribute to new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking.
This year’s program honors new (2009-2012) corporate, institutional, commercial, residential architecture, interiors, and urban planning, designed for both built and unbuilt projects alike.
This years Jury:
THE ASSOCATION OF POLISH ARCHITECTS SARP
Bulanda Mucha Architekci Sp. z.o.o.
Grzegorz Stiansny Architeki
Kurylowicz & Associates
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View of the entrance hall with the reception desk.
For the purpose of promoting the new facilities by the management company some perspectives were made. This is the shop area.
The cafe area.
The restaurant area.
Proposal for the furniture: computer area of the Information Square on the second floor.
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Nebuta-no-ie Warasse was published by a Architectural magazine called Albenaa in Saudi Arabia.
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The cafe-restaurant area.
View from the entrance hall towards the entrance to the cafe.
View towards the entrance hall.
Steelwork of the performance hall.
View from the seating area through the planned openings towards the sea.
On site coloring and polishing test of the concrete floor. Both the tone and the sheen were tested on site.
MIPIM AR Future Projects Award 2010 for Nebuta-no-ie Warasse
Retail & Leisure Category Winner – Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Aomori City, Japan, designed by molo Japan kk & d/dt Arch Inc and Frank la Rivière Architects Inc for City of Aomori. The Nebuta House is designed to exhibit Nebuta art (huge paper creatures, warriors and demons) during the annual August festival. A screen of twelve meter tall steel ribbons encloses an outdoor walkway, intended as a threshold between the mythical world inside and the contemporary city outside. The judges felt that Nebuta House was a joyful and elegant response to the whole idea of display, with the restraint of the frozen wrap of the architecture a perfect foil to the exuberance of the Nebuta figures inside.
The Awards will be presented during a special celebratory dinner held in Cannes on 17 March 2010 during the MIPIM market, an event that has become one of the hot ticket evenings of the MIPIM week. There will also be a permanent exhibition of all entrants on display on the London Stand, and all winning and commended schemes will be published in the official catalogue which is distributed to all registered MIPIM delegates.
Paul Finch, Editor emeritus, The Architectural Review; Chair-designate,
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
Roger Zogolovitch, Managing director, Solid Space; architect and developer
Peter Stewart, PSPCA, Architecture and planning consultant
Dr Sutherland Lyall, Architectural historian and former Buildings editor, The
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Logo design for Nebuta-no-ie Warasse was decided by the mayor of Aomori.
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Cherry blossom viewing around Hirozaki castle. Normally in this time of the year the trees would have been in full blossom, but this year because of the low temperatures hardly any trees were in blossom.
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