molo has designed a permanent building dedicated to the history and living culture of Nebuta. In 2002, Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen of molo won an international competition held by the city of Aomori and juried by Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel. This unique cultural building has grown from a process of Forsythe + MacAllen working closely with a team from the Aomori city government offices to develop the program, inspired by the profound spirit of Nebuta and the beauty of the four seasons in this region.
北日本青森市の海辺の敷地で、まるでひとつの彫刻のような独特な姿の建物の建設が間もなく始まります。 建物全体を覆 う長さ12メートルの鋼製リボンからなるスクリーンが、日中から夜への光や影の変化を映し 出します。この神秘的なスクリ ーンに覆われた建物の内部には、暗い空間の中で紙から作られる大きなねぶ た人形が息づいています。
Twisted ribbons made from steel surround the whole building. At points they are swept aside to create openings and all are angled to emphasize particular views and to catch light. The red colour is influenced by the local lacquer ware and smoothly coats the steel in a very similar way. The steel ribbons are prefabricated in a factory then brought to the site, installed and given further shape using a multi-point connection system. In the age of computer fabrication none of this is digitally produced, it is all handmade by very skilled artisans. Each ribbon will have its own subtle variation.
Design Architect – molo
Local Project Architects + Construction Supervision – d/dt and Frank la Riviere Architects inc.
Structural Engineering – Kanebako Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineering – PT Morimura & Associates, Ltd.
Acoustic Engineering – Nittobo Acoustic Engineering Co., Ltd.