Uruma Municipal Office receives excellence award

The Uruma Municipal Office in the East Building of the City Office, the construction of which was completed at the end of 2015, has been awarded a special award by the Architectural Institute of Japan, Kyushu Branch. Atelier Kadoguchi and Hisatomo Plan collaborated in designing the municipal office building.

This award is aimed at buildings in Kyushu and Okinawa, and given to one that stands for its local character, and contributes to improve the architectural culture. Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University received the same award in 2014. The award this time was targeted to buildings constructed between 2011 and March 2016, and there were 26 applicants in the general building section. Uruma Municipal Office, a 3-story building with one floor underground and an open ceiling, was the only one that received the excellence award.

A representative of Atelier Kadoguchi explained, “We designed the Uruma Municipal Office based on Katsuren Castle Ruins so that local people feel familiar with it. It is a big honor that a building in Okinawa could receive the excellence award. Atelier Kadoguchi has received a prize 5 times in the Building Kyushu Awards so far, and this was our first time to receive the excellence award.”