Architecture as an Expression of Regional Identity
Nago City Hall
Nago is a city at the north of Okinawa’s main island. Its city hall, realized in 1981, has city offices surrounded by pergolas and terraces, which create comfortable, shaded spaces that welcome citizens. Its design also includes shisa (traditional Ryukyuan lion-dog figures) and flower-patterned concrete blocks—popular motifs, not official ones, intended to increase people’s familiarity with the building. Atelier Zo, the designers, went on to complete the Yilan County Hall in Yilan, Taiwan (1997) and other works expressing regional identity, as distinct from national identity.