Stone Museum | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Japan 1998Stone Museum


The Stone Museum reuses 80-year-old stone buildings that were utilized to store rice as display space for arts and crafts made from stone. In addition to stone being the theme for the items displayed in the museum, we expanded upon the new and emerging potential of stone as a material in the architecture. In addition to using the interior area as display space, the pathways between the three stone warehouses were designed as semi-outdoor space to create a free-flowing sequence between the interior and exterior areas.

Ashino stone, the same type of stone used to build the warehouses, was utilized for the new details that were added to join the areas together. Two types of design features were incorporated to create a unique lighting effect on the inside, consisting of horizontal stone louvers and porous masonry with approximately one third of the pieces removed.

Construction Ishihara Komuten Cooperation Nakata Structural Design Office Facility エムアイ設備コンサルタント Illumination Koizumi Sangyo Award 2001 Maronie Architectural Award Streetscape And Landscape Division, The 7th International Award "architecture In Stone" For The Best Architecture In Stone Work Publication Brutus 2022/02/15 No.955 , GA JAPAN 165 , Casa BRUTUS 2008/07 , Casa BRUTUS 2007/04 Vol.85 , Nikkei Architecture 2006/12/25 No.838 , Nikkei Architecture 2005/12/26 No.812 , Esquire 2004/10 Vol.18 No.10 , Asahi Shimbun 2004/02/11 , Nikkei Architecture 2003/04/14 , Nikkei Architecture 2002/04/15 , Casa BRUTUS 2002/04 vol.25 , Shinkenchiku 2001/07 , Esquire 2001/03 , Casa BRUTUS 2001/03 vol.12 , Nikkei Architecture 2001/01/08 , JA : The Japan Architect 2001/Winter 40 2000YEARBOOK , Nikkei Architecture 2000/10/16 , Shinkenchiku 2000/09 , GA JAPAN 46 , Shoten Kenchiku 2000/08 , Shinkenchiku 1997/06 Photography ©︎ Mitsumasa Fujitsuka