The new home for the famous Nebuta Festival in Aomori City, Japan recently opened with an elegant ribbon-like façade by molo design. The museum houses an extensive collection of famed festival's elaborate glowing floats, and features the legendary characters that have historically draw in thousands of tourists each summer hoping to catch a glimpse of the stunning works. The building’s subtle, streaming skin shimmers in the daylight, allowing for a diffused illumination of the interior, while blocking cold winter winds. Discrete openings appear to be pulled back like a curtain, subtly beckoning guests to enter the space and enjoy the festival all year round.
Like the festival, the museum’s design is intended to enliven the subdued neighborhoods. The red color is continually changing as the bending metal plates enliven the view of the building from all angles. Inside the light is often diffused providing low illumination for the exhibits, while cutting of glare and keeping the building from overheating. When the sun is low, strips of light come streaming in, creating patterns on the walls– a contemporary take on the traditional Japanese architectural tradition of using sun and shade as interior design elements.
The museum houses a theater and a collection of the extraordinary glowing floats, along with a restaurant and store. molo’s playful skin is another example of their ability to take a simple idea and elaborate it into a play of light and kinetic function.