Making NIMBY Beautiful
Hiroshima Naka Incineration Plant
The architect Yoshio Taniguchi, who had won the competition to redesign the Museum of Modern Art, New York, was responsible for the design of the Hiroshima Naka Incineration Plant. The incineration plant is a so-called “NIMBY” (not in my backyard) facility, yet here based on the philosophy of the architect, the plant takes on a straightforward factory-like appearance on the exterior while actively showing its high level of functionality on the inside. A glass box is installed as a means to allow visitors to “observe” the incinerators in operation. Appearing as a continuous extension of the road that approaches the plant, the box is positioned to so as to penetrate the building. The incinerators that process waste garbage without emitting any sounds or smell, thus presents visitors with a certain sense of awe.