Towada Community Plaza

A wooden building that merges with its silhouette into the neighboring townscape of small houses has been designed by Kengo Kuma in Towada, Japan as the new city’s civic centre.

Kengo Kuma & Associates, Towada Civic Centre Plaza, Towada, Japan
This wooden building was constructed by Kengo Kuma as the Towada’s community center for people to gather.
Kuma repeated the roofs for the facade 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.

Towada Civic Centre Plaza, Towada, Japan
Program: community centre
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Construction: Atsushi Sato structural design firm
Area: 1,875.37 sqm
Completion: 2014

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