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This massive, slightly brutalist multipurpose building called the Kadare Cultural Centre in Yurihonjo City, Japan, is a product of Japanese practice,  Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design. A street previously divided the site for the project, forcing the project to be broken up into undesired autonomous volumes.

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The architect’s solution was to unify the building and replace the road with a pedestrian street named Wai-Wai Street, which runs indoors north to south, through the building. This street features shopping and culinary attractions and serves as a gathering, launching-off point for visitors to the cultural centre.

Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design

Around the above mentioned street, the building's program features a library, community centre, planetarium, and a multipurpose theatre. Spaces throughout the building are organically ordered and inconsistent- in a way emulating the way that mangrove trees grow.

Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design

Designed after several workshops with the public, the interiors take into account aesthetics, the human scale, and usability for specific functions. Windows punch through the facade in a similar fashion to the way spaces are oriented- irregular of a pattern yet located exactly where they are needed.

By: Matt Davis

Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design

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