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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Nagaoka City Hall “Aore” in Niigata, Japan by Kengo Kuma and Associates

 
June 7th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kengo Kuma and Associates

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. We 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.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Project: Nagaoka City Hall “Aore”
  • Location: 1-4-10 Otedori, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Japan
  • Photography: Erieta Attali
  • Completed in: 2012. 3
  • Program: City hall, Assembly hall, Shops and Restaurants, Bank, Roofed plaza, Garage
  • Site Area: 12073.44 m2

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

This is exactly like the city hall historically nurtured in Europe, and embodies the idea of compact city in the environment-oriented age. We 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.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma and Associates

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma and Associates

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma and Associates

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma and Associates

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