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Japan 2000Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art

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Works of art by the Japanese ukiyo-e-artist Ando Hiroshige (Utagawa Hiroshige), who was strongly influenced by impressionists, are on display at this art museum. I wanted to create a building that represented the unique spatial configuration created in his wood block prints, and attempted to create three dimensional space that expresses his overlapping layers. This method uses transparent layers, which is in contrast with the use of perspective to create three dimensional space in Western paintings, and had a large impact on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

We decided to use wood louvers made from Japanese cedar which is a local specialty in order to create a structure that incorporates this superimposition method. These cedar planks can be used as roofing material after they undergo fire retardant and preservative treatment. The louvers block the rays of the sun, and the long extended eaves with a unique cross section achieve high environmental performance.

In addition to cedar, local stone, Japanese paper made by local craftsmen and other materials available in the region were extensively used to stimulate the regional economy in order to revitalize local circulation and regional communities that did not depend on Tokyo before the advent of contemporary industrial society.

Team Shoji Oshio Cooperation Shigeru Aoki Labo Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Accumulation 高輪建築事務所 Award 第9回 公共建築賞 特別賞, 第9回 公共建築協会 優秀賞, Ecobuild AWARD 2004, 2003 Annual Architecture Design Commendation of the Architectural Institute of Japan, The 42th Building Contractors Society (BCS) Prize, 2000年度 第14回 村野藤吾賞, 2000年 第12回 マロニエ建築賞(建築文化・街並み景観・人にやさしい建築部門), 平成12年度 優良木造施設推奨審査 優秀賞 Publication GA JAPAN 187 , GA JAPAN 179 , DETAIL 2021/04 No.228 , Casa BRUTUS 2021/01 vol.249 , GA DOCUMENT 155+156 , GA JAPAN 165 , Shinkenchiku 2019/09 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/04/11 No.1141 , Nikkei Architecture 2014/02/25 No.1018 , Casa BRUTUS 2008/07 , JA : The Japan Architect 2007/Spring 65 PARALLEL NIPPON , Nikkei Architecture 2006/12/25 No.838 , Casa BRUTUS Building Skins: New enlarged edition , Shinkenchiku 2004/12 , GA JAPAN 67 , Shinkenchiku 2003/12 , Kindai Kenchiku 2002/09 Vol.56 , Shinkenchiku 2002/07 , Shinkenchiku 2002/07 , Shinkenchiku 2001/09 , Shinkenchiku Jutaku Tokushu 2001/05 , Shinkenchiku 2001/04 , DETAIL 2001/04 No.148 Spring , Casa BRUTUS 2001/03 Vol.12vol.12 , Nikkei Architecture 2001/02/05 , Shinkenchiku 2001/02 , GA DOCUMENT 64 , JA : The Japan Architect 2001/Winter 40 2001YEARBOOK , Casa BRUTUS 2000/12 vol.9 , Shinkenchiku 2000/12 , Shinkenchiku 2000/11 , GA JAPAN 47 2000/11-12 , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , JA : The Japan Architect 2000/Summer 38 kengo kuma 隈研吾 , GA JAPAN 35 Photography ©︎ Mitsumasa Fujitsuka