Yurihonjo City Cultural Center

JA+U : Yurihonjo City Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design
The three-story building contains a theater, library, planetarium, research rooms, restaurants, tourist information, shops, and other spaces that encourage the locals’ involvement. Activities are organized along a zigzagging canyon-like corridor – called Wai-Wai street – filled with natural light. The facetted concrete walls project at angles, creating visual connections between their windows and the internal street below.

JA+U : Yurihonjo City Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design

JA+U : Yurihonjo City Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design
The two-story library contains 220,000 books. Above, on the third floor, is an egg-shaped study space that can also function as a planetarium. These diverse programs attract a variety of ages to the center.

JA+U : Yurihonjo City Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design
The main theater contains 1,100 seats. The lower seats can be removed to connect the back of the theater (behind the seats) to the ground-floor foyer.

JA+U : Yurihonjo City Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design
The walls all the way from the backstage to galleries can be removed to create 135-meter (443-feet) long “super box” to accommodate events of different sizes.

Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design is based in Tokyo. Their works range from single-family residences to public buildings to urban planning. Some of their projects featured in our magazines include; Karakida Community Center, Ofunato Civic Cultural Center and Library / Rias Hall, and D'Granse Minami Aoyama Hivally.