AD Classics: Museum of Modern Art, Gunma / Arata Isozaki

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Considered one of Arata Isozaki’s greatest masterpieces, the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma stands as a testimony to Isozaki’s architectural ideology and represents a summary of his achievements. The form is a conceptual statement about the museum as void and frame. Utilizing a 12-meter cube as a metaphorical form to express a frame, Isozaki turned the museum into a stage and a container for displaying and isolating artwork. More about the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma after the break.

Atelier Tenjinyama / Ikimono Architects

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With an earth floor and a glass roof this building, design by Takashi Fujino of Ikimono Architects, experiments with the limits between inside and outside. This is a reoccurring theme among many of Ikimono Architects’s projects. Tradeoffs are enviable in a building of this kind, such as having to use an umbrella to access to the bathroom when it is raining and the hassles that come with an earth floor. The payoffs come in the form of being able to grow plants inside through the floor, gaze at the clouds and stars, listen to the sound of the rain and smell the scent of spring flowers.

Architectural Design: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Location: Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture,
General Contractors: Kenchikusha Shiki Inc.
Landscaping: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
Structural Engineer: Akira Suzuki / ASA
Roof: Safety glass shatterproof
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Use: Office + Residential
Exterior: Reinforced concrete
Project Area: 177.18 sqm (site), 61.93 sqm (building area), 61.93 sqm (floor area)
Design Year: 2007-2010
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects