The Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art (Hirosaki MOCA) had a grand open on 11 July, 2020. The museum has been built in Hirosaki, located in western Aomori Prefecture, Northern Japan. The city is known for being the largest producer of apples in Japan. During the design process, ATTA was inspired by the memory of the city and the existing historical brick building. The first brick warehouses were built in the early 1900s (Taisho period) for Japanese sake breweries. The number of brick breweries gradually increased, but many started producing cider to improve the value of apples as well as income of apple farmers. The production stopped after a few decades and the breweries became storage warehouses. ATTA obtained the right to renovate a warehouse into a museum through a PFI competition organized by Hirosaki City in 2017. It was the first major museum project in Japan for the office.
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