Ao-Re Nagaoka

JA+U : Ao-re Nagaoka by Kengo Kuma and Associates
The new city hall is located in the city center, near the JR Nagaoka station. It consists of three glass and black steel blocks which collectively form a covered public space between. Maeniwa – the frontal garden – opens to the adjacent main street. The complex is highly porous, linking routes between the surrounding streets below its expansive glazed canopy.

JA+U : Ao-re Nagaoka by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Inside the building, offices and public spaces are integrated.

JA+U : Ao-re Nagaoka by Kengo Kuma and Associates
As a symbol of its transparency, the legislative assembly hall overlooks the main public space through full-height glazing. In the evening, the inner workings of local government are illuminated within the glass-clad offices, making them even more visible to the outside.

JA+U : Ao-re Nagaoka by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Wooden slats – local cedar made from forest thinnings – adorn the exterior and interior surfaces of the building. The rough-hewn slats alternate to form a checkered pattern. They are spaced and angled randomly to avoid the typically monotonous appearance of governmental buildings in Japan.

Kengo Kuma & Associates is based in Tokyo and Paris. Recent works include; Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center; Memu Meadows; and Mesh / Earth.