Machida City Hall

Lately, new civic buildings in Japan have shifted from serving as symbolics of public authority to become more accessible and approachable to the citizens they serve. This new city hall for Machida City in Tokyo is designed by Pritzker-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. The street facing portion of the building is restricted in height to only two to three-stories high to be less imposing. The rooftops are covered with vegetation to create a park-like civic space. Inside the main atrium are easy-to-access administrative counters and a public event space. A cafe, restaurant, and other public spaces are situated in proximity to the administrative and legislative spaces.