Louvered Arcade - The louvered arcade comprised the ground floor of a housing project competition entry at the Winter Cities Competition, Aomori, Japan, 2001.
The arcade sits outside the commercial ground floor and maintains its dynamic nature via its mega-louvers. Each louver pivots around the main supports of the arcade. The shopkeepers move the louvers manually to vary the amount of light entering the arcade and to define the spatial condition of each shop. The louvers are hollow and made with a fiberglass skin stretched over a frame; they rotate in a bearing system imbedded in the foundations of the supports.