Town Hall in a Regional Environment

In October 2012, the second round presentation for the 47th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition was held in Tokyo. The year’s competition was themed “Town Hall in a Regional Environment”. It aimed for a town hall in a specific (choice of each participant) regional environment that could address local issues and enhance the everyday lives of the residents. The winning entry was “Town Hall-Line – Regional town hall for nostalgia of exhausted mine” by Joohui Son (South Korea). The competition for 2013 is now open for entries until August 5, 2013.

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Joohui Son

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Joohui Son

“Town Hall-Line – Regional town hall for nostalgia of exhausted mine” by Joohui Son

Mr. Son’s entry planned for a town hall in disused mining train which is still considered as the regional symbol by the residents of Choongbook, South Korea. One of the judges, architect Riken Yamamoto, favored the idea of leaving extra compartments at stations for possible use as government branch offices.

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Masashi Fujimura and Takumi Nakahara

“Air corridor in the back of the town” by Masashi Fujimura and Takumi Nakahara

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Kai Echigo

“Town Hall sharing along a valley” by Kai Echigo

Two teams were awarded second place. “Air corridor in the back of the town” by Masashi Fujimura and Takumi Nakahara (Japan) explores the possibility of a city hall as a corridor along the back streets of a hilly site. “Town Hall sharing along a valley” by Kai Echigo (Japan) studied the contour line of a valley in Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture, and planned a town hall along the slope using local timber.

Honorable mentions were awarded to four groups:

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Tony Leung and Alric Lee
“Floating Town Hall” by Tony Leung and Alric Lee (Hong Kong)

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Toshihiko Hatori, Koji Masuda, and Keiichi Sakamoto
“a - Linkage...” by Toshihiko Hatori, Koji Masuda, and Keiichi Sakamoto (Japan)

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Taiki Sato, Kaai Ono, and Mamiya Tanaka
“Town's Seawall, binding the sea and the people” by Taiki Sato, Kaai Ono, and Mamiya Tanaka (Japan)

JA+U: Town Hall in a Regional Environment by Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition 2012 © Gaku Inoue and Ken Akatsuka
“Town Hall Hotel” by Gaku Inoue and Ken Akatsuka (Japan)

Top 17 projects with comments from the judges (Riken Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Sakurai, Taro Ashihara, Teruo Kobayashi, Hiroshi Naito, Kengo Kuma, and Takashi Nagahama) are covered in JA88 (English) and Shinkenchiku 12:12 (Japanese).