Kasahara Community Centre – Japan (2000)


The Project

A new community centre for the town of Kasahara.

The Brief

The building should be expressive and highly sustainable that allows the community to take full benefit of a flexible, low maintenance and highly versatile space.

The Solution

The shell-like qualities of the design are striking. On closer inspection, they reveal the passive design of the building and how it responds to the sun, wind and provides a showcase for local materials through the 1″ diameter circular tiles that cover the skin. This project demonstrated true ‘archineering’ where Archineers worked closely with the architects through the analysis of the climate and development of the built form.


Architects – Ushida Findlay Architects (Kathryn Findlay)