Photographs of Jujiro and Bunjiro, two buildings which together serve as a municipal civic center, and their urban context: the city of Tokamachi, Niigata prefecture. Driving concept behind the shooting was attempt to find parallels between the interior of the city (streets) and interior of the buildings, which were intentionally designed to provide unusually diverse experience, much like a city would do. Upon numerous visits, we believe it's safe to say the buildings succeeded in becoming organic extension of the urban fabric rather than being a foreign, self-absorbed objects. The photographs attempt to communicate and celebrate this humble complexity and openness to interpretation the spaces provide.
Photographed for Jun Aoki & Associates. Jujiro and Bunjiro are reconstructions designed by Jun Aoki & Associates.