Suntory Museum of Art | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Japan 2007Suntory Museum of Art

2007.3
Tokyo
Gallery/Museum
Completed
4,663
6F / 3BF

My focus when designing this art museum was to create quiet space in the middle of a metropolis that is soothing and inviting. Vertical louvers made from white ceramic panels cover the façade, a design feature that controls the light while connecting the art museum to the garden outside.

Movable screens with a sliding mechanism are provided inside the façade as a detail that allows the amount of light to be adjusted depending upon the display method chosen. This detail was inspired by an old-fashioned lattice window design called “Musougoshi” used in Japanese houses in an age when glass was not available.

Team Toshio Yada*, Toshiki Meijo, Eishi Sakamoto Construction Takenaka Corporation, 中村外二工務店, KOKUYO, Naigai Technos, Taisei Corporation Cooperation Oak Structural Design, Nikken Sekkei Facility Nikken Sekkei Award The Emirates Glass LEAF Award for Public Building Publication Casa BRUTUS 2020/11 vol.247 , Casa BRUTUS 2020/11 vol.247 , Casa BRUTUS 2014/06 vol.171 , DETAIL 2009/01 No.179 Winter , DETAIL 2009/01 No.179 Winter , Tokyojin 2009/05 No.267 , Casa BRUTUS 2008/07 , DETAIL 2008/04 No.176 Spring , Kindai Kenchiku 2007/12 , DETAIL 2007/10 No.174 Autumn , DETAIL 2007/10 No.174 Autumn , Nikkei Architecture 2007/8/13 , Casa BRUTUS 2007/08 Vol.21 No.8 , Nikkei Architecture 2007/06/11 No.850 , Nikkei Architecture 2007/06/11 No.850 , Shoten Kenchiku 2007/06 , Shoten Kenchiku 2007/06 , Shinkenchiku 2007/05 , GA JAPAN 86 , GA JAPAN 86 , Shinkenchiku 2007/05 , Nikkei Architecture 2007/04/23 , Casa BRUTUS 2007/04 Vol.85 , Brutus 2007/03 , Esquire 2007/03 Vol.21 No.3 , Nikkei Architecture 2007/01/22 , Pen 2006/11 No.15 , Casa BRUTUS 2006/04 vol.73 , Nikkei Architecture 2005-2006 Photography ©︎ Mitsumasa Fujitsuka