asakusa residence transformed into contemporary art gallery in tokyo
asakusa residence transformed into contemporary art gallery in tokyo asakusa residence transformed into contemporary art gallery in tokyo
jan 20, 2016

asakusa residence transformed into contemporary art gallery in tokyo

a half-century old residence in tokyo’s bustling tourist district of asakusa served as the stomping grounds for a three month residency collaboration between architect kosaku matsumoto and curator koichiro osaka. equal parts renovation and conceptual artwork, the duo spent their time engaged in day-to-day discussions that resulted in immediate — and constant — reworking of the space. every detail was done without the use of architectural drawings or models of any kind, which the team decided to abandon in order to remain intrinsically linked to the locale. with each segment built, ‘asakusa’ — the name given to the project — became a physical realization of matsumo and osakas’ many conversations. ‘asakusa’ now serves as a private gallery space.

all images courtesy of OMOTE nobutada, ippei shinzawa

asakusa art gallery kosaku matsumoto koichiro osakastreet view



original patterned grille seen through the glass

asakusa art gallery kosaku matsumoto koichiro osaka
entrance viewed from staircase

gallery entrance

refurbished bathroom

original staircase

asakusa art gallery kosaku matsumoto koichiro osaka
mikhail karikis’ ‘children of unquiet’, 2014
image courtesy of karikis



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