ryue nishizawa: hiroshi senju museum karuizawa ryue nishizawa: hiroshi senju museum karuizawa
nov 08, 2011

ryue nishizawa: hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

‘hiroshi senju museum karuizawa’ by ryue nishizawa in nagano, japan all images courtesy hiroshi senju seum karuizawa image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

japanese architect ryue nishizawa has completed ‘hiroshi senju museum karuizawa‘, a single-storey cultural facility on a lush site in karuizawa, japan. a collaborative effort with internationally recognized japanese artist hiroshi senju, the museum seeks to harmoniously link the exhibited art with the surrounding landscape within a naturally illuminated space.

interior view of gallery space image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

housing a wide collection of the artist’s work from 1978 to the present day, the museum utilizes the natural elements of the site as a backdrop to the pieces displayed. the floor gently follows the pre-existing contours of the land, subtly swelling and dipping throughout the gallery. a series of organically-shaped light wells puncture through the roof, injecting pockets of greenery within the interior. deeps eaves, silver screens, and UV-cut glass panels control the amount of daylight intake while allowing in the qualities of the forest.

sitting between the parking lot and the museum is the ‘color leaf garden’ which acts as a natural buffer zone for visitors. extensively planted with 60,000 plants of 150 varieties, the changing palette of the leaves will have an active role in the atmosphere of the gallery within.

image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

curvilinear light well image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

seating area image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

image © daici ano, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

‘waterfall’ by hiroshi senju, 1996 image © hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

‘falling color’ by hiroshi senju, 2005 image © hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

aerial view of physical model image © office of ryue nishizawa, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

elevation view image © office of ryue nishizawa, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

site plan image © office of ryue nishizawa, hiroshi senju museum karuizawa

project info:

design and supervision: office of ryue nishizawa construction: shimizu corporation and sasazawa construction building structure: steel frame construction, reinforced concrete

total floor area: 1818.42 m2 exhibition space: 1490.51 m2 museum office: 128.16 m2 gallery: 199.75 m2

  • Not crazy about Senju’s art, he so often misses, but this is one heckuva museum. Kudos to Nishizawa. The art jostles with perfect nature in gentle, contemplative tension. Any good artist would look terrific in this space — while problematic artists will suffer. That’s a sound working definition of good museum design: It helps the viewer separate real art from pretend.

    Tom P says:
  • huge inspiration of the rolex learning center by sanaa in Lausanne, Switzerland!

    but still nice, and very fluid!

    macile says:
  • sublime. beautiful.

    not sure about the sloping seats.

    Matt says:
  • ryue nishizawa is also co-founder of SANAA along with kazuyo sejima

    bryan says:

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