Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is known for rethinking the way we should live and enjoy our spare time. For this project, he designed a super cool community center with a sharp zigzag roof and equally playful hilly indoor terrain made from elegant Japanese cedar wood. Located in the city that gives it its name, the Towada City Plaza was designed for climbing, cooking, learning, meeting others and playing particularly during harsh weather.
Kuma’s eye-catching community center is located in a city called Towada, in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. Topped by spiky, steel, zigzag roof, its clad in vertical strips of Japanese cedar wood and features big, floor-to-ceiling windows. “We repeated the roofs for the facade so that it could merge into the neighboring townscape of small houses,” the architect told Dezeen.
Inside, its interiors are warm and brilliant, with playrooms as wooden, undulating landscapes that can be crawled, rambled or used as slides. Each room is wide, open and naturally lighted, and to minimize risks, they don’t have partitions or hard edges. Featuring a children’s playroom, a cooking studio, a nursery and a tatami room among other highlights, the building provide children with entertaining areas especially during cold snowy weather.
Photos by Kenta Hasegawa