designboom visits archi-depot, the only museum exhibiting and preserving japan's architectural models

designboom visits archi-depot, the only museum exhibiting and preserving japan's architectural models

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rich says:

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