Sou Fujimoto designs the urban redevelopment project in HIDA city, Japan.
The 21,300 sqm site development is inspired by the unique nature of Hida, and symbolizes its past and future. The main plaza will have the shape of a bowl, or vessel, which is referred to as utsuwa in Japanese and a shed-like roof over criss-crossing paths, inspired by the city’s traditional townscapes. The plaza will be situated adjacent to the station, opening towards the city and “embracing plurality and harmonizing difference”. Its oval structure can be entered from any direction, and will serve as a hub for passers-by. The paths beneath the structure continue towards the rooftop, where people will access with a vision towards the sky.