Light that Warmly Envelops

The Pecan Nuts Industry Promoting Facility was part of a reconstruction support project following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The city of Rikuzentakata engaged in an agricultural diversification project called, “Revitalizing the Town with Pecan Nuts,” with the aim of disseminating a new food culture centered around pecan nuts. As part of the project, pecan trees were planted below the facility, allowing for the observation of new life on land that was previously impacted by the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami.

The facility’s large roof is inspired by the symbol of the architect, an Ougidaruki (“fan rafters”) which is a type of decorative rafter resembling the shape of a fan that is associated with traditional Japanese Kesen carpentry. The lighting, designed to feel as if warm light is pouring down from the point where the fan rafters seem to reach out to the sky, wraps the entire space in a generous, gentle light. The lighting in this facility embodies the hope of the community, warmly watching over the reconstruction effort and welcoming the many people who visit the space.

2022 / Iwate Prefecture
Architectural Design: Yoko Takaike Architects
Lighting Design: DAISUKI LIGHT
Photography: Akito Goto