Located in Aomori, Japan, Nebuta-no-ie Warrase add a shot of colour was designed by molo design d&dt, Arch (Yasuo Nakata); Frank la Rivière Architects Inc (Frank la Rivière) . A curious characteristic of civic building Nebuta-no-ie Warrase in Aomori is that its complete form can only be viewed in its entirety from the adjacent waterfront. The streaming scarlet ribbons that sweep across the building hang in heavy fronds from the roof, draping suggestively down to the water’s edge.
The volume itself has been built to house a series of flamboyant Japanese paper lanterns fashioned for the annual Nebuta Festival. These large-scale illuminated sculptures take the form of animals, monsters and demons, which battle to the death with their human counterparts as part of a yearly event which sees the city’s residents come together to dance, play music and revel in the rich spirit of the Aomori tradition.