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Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Japanese
Title
Naka Incineration Plant
Cantilevered viewing platform with views of Hiroshima Bay
Exterior
Work Type
power plants
Date
2004
Image: October 9, 2018
Location
1-5-1 Minami-Yoshijima, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken, Chūgoku, Japan
Latitude: 34.355 N
Longitude: 132.442 E
Material
Steel and glass
Period
Contemporary
Measurements
19,997 sq m
Description
The viewing platform of the Ecorium frames a dramatic view of Hiroshima Bay, highlighting the contrast of the clean, green energy of the incineration plant and other industrial activities in the area.
Commentary: Built on reclaimed south of Hiroshima’s cultural core in the Naka-nu area of the city, this incineration plant incinerates trash and creates electricity. According to Harvard GSD’s Waste to Energy Lab, the Naka Incineration Plant takes in 207,000 tons of waste per year and creates enough electricity for 20,000 households. The project was indicated as part of the Hiroshima 2045: City of Peace and Creativity, and cost an estimated $400 million. Architect Yoshio Taniguchi is also known for his work on MoMA and the Tokyo National Museum. Designed to make the process through which trash is converted to energy both figuratively and literally transparent, a long corridor known as the “Ecorium” plunges through the center of the building, inviting the public to see the inner workings of the facility. Interpretive text, digital displays, and models along the way explain the process. Picking up on some of the gestures of 1970s “High Tech” architecture, Taniguchi reimagines these features as part of a new, green economy. The larger site plan includes public space at the building’s rear, including grassy fields, and informal seating. The end of the Ecorium even becomes a cantilever providing shade within this space.
Source
Contributor: Sarah Rovang
Information: WtE Design Lab, Harvard GSD, accessed Feb. 8, 2019, https://research.gsd.harvard.edu/wte/item/naka-incineration-plant-yoshio-taniguchi/ and “Hiroshima City Naka Incineration Plant,” Japan Visitor, accessed February 8, 2019, https://www.japanvisitor.com/hiroshima-city-naka-incineration-plant
Photographer: Sarah Rovang
Rights
Sarah Rovang 2018
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