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The Nebuta House by Molo Design is a Giant Paper Lantern

 - Jun 26, 2011
References: molodesign & contemporist
It's always interesting to see architecture inspired by much smaller objects, and the Nebuta House by Molo Design is a prime example of a creative interpretation of something that takes such varying forms.

The cultural hub in Aomori or northern Japan was initially planned as a competition to conceive a community center and housing, but as one can see in photos by Iwan Baan, the program has since changed dramatically. The structure now acts as a venue for the arts, putting theatrical and musical performances on offer, as well as art exhibitions.

Designers Todd MacAllen and Stephanie Forsythe were inspired by the city's Nebuta Festival which celebrates mythical Japanese storytelling and its transformation into paper lanterns. The Nebuta House by Molo Design becomes a lantern itself, composed of vertically clad steel ribbons, each handcrafted and adjusted on-site.