japanese architect kengo kuma has completed a new design for the ‘white stone gallery’ in taipei, taiwan. characterized by a striking wooden façade, the space was inserted on the ground floor of an office building. the new design transforms the existing street front to create an inviting and dynamic entryway into the gallery.  

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kuma stacked and gradually shifted cypress boards, producing an organic space that distinguishes itself from the rigid frame of the office building. the layering of the cypress pieces continues inside to form a staircase and screen between the counters. through its design, kuma generates a complex and multi-faceted room using a single module.

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the stacked cypress boards defined both interior and exterior

 

 

as a new hub for cutting edge contemporary art, the gallery will develop a new typology of art space which diverges from the conventional white cubic buildings. the new gallery space marks white stone gallery’s fourth location as the institution hopes to expand its influence in the art world. 

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the gallery will house contemporary artworks

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the wooden interiors provide spaces to lounge and read

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the staircase and countertops merge into one

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the stacked facade emerges from the rigid facade of the office building

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the design introduces a new typology for art gallery facades 

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