The Nebuta House is scheduled to be complete by January 2011, following the arrival of the Shinkansen route (bullet train) extending all the way to Aomori. The Nebuta House itself is located adjacent to the local downtown train station, and is visible from the train station. As visitors approach the unique sculptural form of the building from the train station, the building and its West plaza frame a view of Aomori Bay and the Hakkoda-maru (the former passenger ferry to Hokkaido – turned floating Museum).
The twelve meter tall ribbons of steel that make a screen, completely encircling the building, create a covered outdoor walking space around the full perimeter of the building with a shifting pattern of light and shadow that changes through the day and night. Each of the 820 ribbons is uniquely shaped and twisted to create openings for light, views and passageways for people.
(above) preparing to pour the floor slab