arisekkei renews ichihara lakeside museum in japan
arisekkei renews ichihara lakeside museum in japan arisekkei renews ichihara lakeside museum in japan
nov 24, 2013

arisekkei renews ichihara lakeside museum in japan

arisekkei renews ichihara lakeside museum in japan
photo © tadashi endo
all images courtesy of arisekkei




an exercise in spatial manipulation and organization, the renovation of ‘ichihara lakeside museum’ in chiba, japan, provides a contemporary creative hub, hosting various workshops and cultural activities, in addition to showcasing modern art. japanese studio arisekkei undertook the complete remodeling of the gallery, restructuring both the building’s exterior and interior to offer redeveloped exhibition spaces, a multi-purpose community hall and a public lounge.



the museum serves as a creative hub, hosting various workshops and cultural activities
photo © arisekkei




originally built in 1994, the center’s previous layout inhibited gallery space, consequently the design team made extensive structural changes to the building, inserting a series of steel walls delineating internal volumes, and creating new circulation routes. layers of paint were also removed, exposing the concrete below. the developement also frames the natural environment, allowing visitors to feel an intimate connection with the museum’s setting.



the reorganized entrance to the gallery
photo © tadashi endo



‘museum of needles & pins’ by acconci studio (vito acconci+francis bitonti+julian rose), at roof level
photo © tadashi endo



an internal view of the entrance
photo © tadashi endo



‘heigh-ho’ by KOSUGE1-16, occupying the entrance courtyard
photo © tadashi endo



the entrance courtyard
photo © tadashi endo



an inserted steel wall forming the entrance to an exhibition space
photo © masahiro ihara



upper level exhibition space
photo © masahiro ihara



the public lounge
photo © tadashi endo



project info:


location: 75-1, hu-nyu, ichihara, chiba, Japan
client: ichihara city
gross floor area: 1799.11 sqm
completed: august, 2013

architects: naoko kawaguchi+jinyu tei / arisekkei
structural engineer: daisuke hasegawa & partners
mechanical engineer: zo consulting
vi design: yoshiaki irobe / nippon design center inc.
lighting consulting: sirius lighting office inc.

contractor: yamauchi kogyo, okamoto, okazaki setsubi, sanwa densetsu, agc glass kenzai co. ltd.

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