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GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン金賞

Award-winning item
Architecture [Nobeoka Station Area Project]
Business Owner
Nobeoka City
Construction/space design for public facility
Nobeoka city (Japan)
Inui Architects (Japan)
Culture Convenience Club Co.,Ltd. (Japan)
Nobeoka Design Union Confederation (Japan)
studio-L (Japan)
Ueda, Kodama,Tomoyuki, Kume joint venture group (Japan)
Kyushu Railway Company (Japan)
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Outline of Good Design Award winners 2020

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This project forms railway station vicinities in Nobeoka City, Miyazaki. It consists of various public facilities, such as a station building, a free passage, and a station square. We aim to create a relaxation place for citizens and to design as the gateway, which welcomes visitors by seamlessly working together with tangible and intangible factors and design of conduction.


Nobeoka City + Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.




Inui Architects + Nobeoka Design Union Confederation + Ueda, Kodama, Tomoyuki, Kume joint venture group

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Rather than merely erecting a new building, this redevelopment project focused on the Nobeoka Station area created a new public space, while building relationships with the community through several workshops involving local citizens. In addition to the development of a waiting room, the program included a Starbucks on the first floor, along with a shop selling local specialties and a kids’ space with services for children, and a branch of Tsutaya bookstore on the second floor, helping to make the area in front of the station more lively. The architectural plan kept the height of the first-floor ceiling low, but provided a more relaxed space on the second floor with a ceiling height of 3.9 m, creating an elegant composition and proportions. Particularly worthy of note is the fact that it respects the simple design of the old station building, which dated back to the days of Japanese National Railways, maintaining that heritage in a contemporary design. Currently, examples of outstanding contemporary architecture are proliferating in Japan’s provincial cities faster than in Tokyo, and this is one example symbolizing this trend.

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