The Nebuta House (a building in Aomori, Japan designed by molo and team – see project team at end of posting) has several very large sliding doors. All but one of these doors are inside of the building and divide the Nebuta Hall (the main exhibit area) from the theatre and multi-purpose spaces intended for music – specifically the large drums and wooden flutes used in the Nebuta festival. The intention of these doors is to allow for flexible use of these spaces. The doors also allow for visual connection between spaces.
theatre and multi-purpose sliding doors
theatre doors prepared for hanging
theatre door closed
The Nebuta Hall and Music rooms can be opened up to make one continuous flowing space or closed to make independent rooms. The music room itself can be further closed off to create smaller private rooms for smaller practice groups.
in multi-purpose music space looking out into nebula hall, doors open
frames in foreground are sliding doors that will separate this room
The theatre on the second floor can be opened up to reveal the large Nebuta hall. This will allow for exciting opportunities in how events and performances are designed for this unique space. It will literally be the only theatre in the world than can have the massive and beautiful Nebuta floats as backdrop! The largest sliding door separates the inside world from the outside. It is through this huge door that the Nebuta floats will exit and enter back into the building during festival events.
nebuta hall entry door being assembled onsite
nebuta hall entry
view from nebuta hall towards entry
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.