Japanese Postmodernism Symbolizing Local Government
Naoshima Town Hall
The top portion of the Naoshima Town Hall is based on Hiunkaku, a temple building in Kyoto. Besides this, an assortment of Japanese architectural elements, dating from the late middle ages to the present, are quoted and juxtaposed incoherently throughout the building, inside and out. These populist forms responded to the will of the mayor, who advocated the physical and spiritual independence of the islands. The designer received the commission based on pre-modern interpersonal relations; his professor had worked with different mayors and city officials over the course of many years. This building, completed in 1984, was engendered by the confluence of distinct forces, namely, the modern spirit of postwar local government and the postmodernist trend in architecture.