Nagaoka City Hall Aore by Kengo Kuma

Nagaoka City Hall Aore

Nagaoka City Hall Aore“With the growth of cities and their scale, public buildings of 20th Century were likely to be driven away to the suburbs, often as isolated concrete boxes in parking lots. We wanted to reverse this flow with Nagaoka Aore.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreWe moved the city hall back to the center of the town and revived a real “heart of town,” which is located in a walking distance from anywhere, working along with people’s everyday life.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreThis is exactly like the city hall historically nurtured in Europe, and embodies the idea of compact city in the environment-oriented age.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreWe adopted the traditional method of “tataki,” and “nakadoma,” which is to function as a meeting point for the community, is no longer the mere concrete box – the space is gently surrounded by placid structure, finished with wood and solar panels” says Kengo Kuma.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreNagaoka City Hall “Aore” is a multi-purpose conference centre, with offices, restaurants, public spaces and parking lots. The complex, occupying an area of over 12,000 square meters, is a new hotspot for the city of Nagaoka.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreKengo Kuma, however, wanted to restore the City Hall, as well as a number of functions to the city centre, to the “heart of the city”, where the distances are travelled on foot.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreThe design concept is that of a return to origins, namely the European model of the compact city. The building consists of three glass and black steel blocks which collectively form a covered public space between.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreMaeniwa – the frontal garden – opens to the adjacent main street. The complex is highly porous, linking routes between the surrounding streets below its expansive glazed canopy.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreAs a symbol of its transparency, the legislative assembly hall overlooks the main public space through full-height glazing. In the evening, the inner workings of local government are illuminated within the glass-clad offices, making them even more visible to the outside.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreWooden slats – local cedar made from forest thinnings – adorn the exterior and interior surfaces of the building. The rough-hewn slats alternate to form a checkered pattern.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreThey are spaced and angled randomly to avoid the typically monotonous appearance of governmental buildings in Japan.
Nagaoka City Hall AoreLocation: Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Japan
Architects: Kengo Kuma and associates
Area: 12073.44 m2
Year: 2012
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