designboom recently had the chance to visit archi-depot (see previous coverage here), the only museum in japan that specializes in architectural models, with a guided tour by foundation director shigeru ban. following the recognition japanese architecture receives worldwide, the museum aims to preserve models of influential architects, including kengo kuma, riken yamamoto, and shigeru ban, and exhibit them as significant archives that pass japanese architectural culture on to the next generation.


overall view of the archive space
image courtesy of archi-depot


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view into the exhibition


house in kohoku by torafu architects: the tube-shaped windows of the roof let light through


tiffany ginza by kengo kuma: the facade reflects tiffany’s well known technique of cutting jewelry


overview of shigeru ban’s projects


japan pavilion, hannover expo 2000 by shigeru ban


paper church by shigeru ban, wrapped with a skin of corrugated, polycarbonate sheeting


curtain wall house by shigeru ban, with tent-like curtains hung on the outer facade between the second and third floors


the circular soma city kids art maison by shigeru ban, topped with solar panels on its roof


klein dytham architecture‘s giraffe sky scarper model


prototypes by klein dytham architecture


research models of omiyamae gymnasium by jun aoki


the tree-house project by satoshi takae


nagareyama otakanomori elementary and junior high school,
otakanomori center, children’s library by kazuhiro kojima + kazuko akamatsu

overview of the exhibition’s various models

 

 

  • this looks like a wonderful place to visit for architects and all 🙂

    Rich says:

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