Akiha Ward Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design

Located on a former baseball field in Niigata city, Surrounding by residential district on a vast flatland with few small hills, Akiha Ward Cultural Center is a spirals concrete building as public theater with 496 seats.

Similar with National Grand Theater of China by Paul Andreu, the Akiha Ward Cultural Center is a circle building surrounded by the water, and the underground hall as the main theater area.

Architects: Chiaki Arai Urban & Architecture Design
Location: Niigata City, Japan
Photography: Courtesy of CAUAD

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From the competition phase, countless transformations changed the building outline a precise circle to a distorted circular form composed of 46 different arcs.

Akiha Ward Cultural Center by Chiaki Arai Urban Architecture Design Plan

Inspiration from architect:

The structure, landscape and parking are organized along the arc of baseball field to evoke the site memory.

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.