hiroshi sugimoto designs christie's tokyo office
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jan 05, 2013
hiroshi sugimoto designs christie's tokyo office


the gallery space of the new christie’s japan office designed by hiroshi sugimoto
© hiroshi sugimoto / courtesy of christie’s japan
designed by  hiroshi sugimoto / tomoyuki sakakida, new material research laboratory

 

 

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of christie’s japan, and with this, they have relocated to a pre-war stone building designated as an
important cultural property in marunouchi – one of the country’s most prestigious business districts – located between tokyo station
and the imperial palace.

hiroshi sugimoto has designed the auction house’s new tokyo office which was unveiled in december 2012 with an exhibition of
selected works by the japanese contemporary artists, as well as pieces from his personal collection – as he himself is also an avid collector
and has a passion for a wide range of art from ancient artifacts to contemporary works. in his spatial concept, sugimoto has placed
an emphasis on the aesthetics of the entrance area, gallery space, and the main meeting room which face the outer garden of the imperial palace.
he has maintained the architectural details of the original structure while including wood and metal elements into his design.

 

 


designated gallery space
© hiroshi sugimoto / courtesy of christie’s japan
designed by  hiroshi sugimoto / tomoyuki sakakida, new material research laboratory

 

 

in harmony and respect…what manner of design might befit the tokyo office of christie’s, to best reflect its leading role in the booming
world art market? I posed this question to myself as an architect. artworks both soothe and enrich the human spirit.
no matter how opposed we as people might be politically, the artworks gathered here under one roof from so many different countries
will surely please our eyes. accordingly, I based my design for the entrance area in keeping with prince shotoku’s injunction to
‘uphold harmony as to act with respect’ that appears at the very beginning of the seventeen article constitution of empress suiko’s reign
.’ – hiroshi sugimoto

 

 


meeting room
© sugimoto studio / courtesy of christie’s japan
designed by  hiroshi sugimoto / tomoyuki sakakida, new material research laboratory

 

 

 ’mr. sugimoto, a globally renowned artist, successfully created a space where the east and the west harmonize,
and the past and the present blend together seamlessly. this interior marks the artist’s latest aesthetic achievement and one with which
christie’s is proud to be associated
.’ – ryutaro katayama, managing director of christie’s japan

 

 


© hiroshi sugimoto / courtesy of christie’s japan
designed by  hiroshi sugimoto / tomoyuki sakakida, new material research laboratory

 

 

 


entrance area
© hiroshi sugimoto / courtesy of christie’s japan
designed by  hiroshi sugimoto / tomoyuki sakakida, new material research laboratory

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