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  7. Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

  • 01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa + 19

  • Design Team

    Chiaki Arai ,Ryoichi Yoshizaki, Tomonori Niimi, Akira Sogo
  • Structural Engineer

    TIS&PARTNERS Co., Ltd.
  • Engineer and Air-condition

    Sogo Consultans
  • Acoustical Consultant

    Nagata Acoustics
  • Theater Consultant

    Theatre Workshop
  • Interior

    Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
  • Landscape

    Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
  • Contractor

    Taisei and Shinko and Tanaka joint venture
  • Electrical Services

    Sakaden and Yae and Saito joint venture
  • Air-Conditioning

    Niigata Kogyo Co.,Ltd.
  • Sanitary Services

    Nisshin Kogyo Co.,Ltd.
  • Gas Services

    Echigotennen Gas Co.,Ltd. Niigata branch
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© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

Text description provided by the architects. Located in a district famous for railway industry in Niigata city, Akiha Ward Cultural Center is a 3000m2 public theater with 496 seats. This building is designed to be the cultural incubator for the locals who have long-waited for it.

Section
Section

Sitting on a 17000m2 former baseball field, the structure, landscape and parking are organized along the arc of baseball field to evoke the site memory.

© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

The surrounding area is a residential district on a vast flatland with few small hills. Following some characteristics of some hills, the global formation of the building is terraced landscapes where people can mount and take in the panoramic view.

© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

The planning has been developed through workshops with the locals. Several rooms and functions were added in response to their requests. From the competition phase, countless transformations changed the building outline from a precise circle to a distorted circular form composed of 46 different arcs.

© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

The planning diagram is stratified in the order of exterior corridor, entrance lobby, functional rooms, backstage corridor, the main hall. Due to the simple diagram, several functional rooms such as practice rooms and dressing rooms can be used from both entrance lobby and backstage corridor. This improves operational availability. To accommodate the gap between the global formation and the planning based on the workshop, the structural concrete walls are bent and twisted to reach the balanced support points of the roof slabs.

© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

The main hall is like a concrete cave under a hill. The structural element itself works as acoustic reflectors which give extraordinary acoustics by the force of its high specific gravity. The heavy solid wall and ceiling can reflect the lower sound ranges which conventional wall materials absorb. This provides us with special experiences which makes you feel as if you were at the concert in a natural cave, and not in a building.

Diagram
Diagram

To optimize the acoustic effect, the concrete structure is perforated like a net, and the porous aluminum sheets are installed in the holes as acoustic absorbent. Interior finish of the concrete structure of the hall is fully-dabbed for sound diffusion. With the lighting effects, the solid concrete looks sometimes massive, sometimes weightless, and implies warmth of human hands.

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Cite: "Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design" 25 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/518954/akiha-ward-cultural-center-chiaki-arai-urban-and-architecture-design/> ISSN 0719-8884