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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Karuizawa Museum Coplex in Nagano-ken, Japan by Yasui Hideo Atelier

 
April 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Yasui Hideo Atelier

I was requested, after winning through the competition, to design a facility accompanied to the museum of Hiroshi SENJU, a world-famous Japanese painter/artist. Before I started the actual planning, I prioritized building my conceptual work first ( i.e. geometrical shape containing both traditional and modern forms ) in order to make my design coexist on the same site with the museum that had a curved form interpreting Karuizawa ’s nature in a elegant way.

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  • Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
  • Project: Karuizawa Museum Coplex
  • Location: Karuizawa, Nagano-ken, Japan
  • Photography: Nacasa & Partners inc
  • Program: Shop and Restaurant
  • Client: International Cultural College Foundation
  • Construction: Sasazawa Construction
  • Site Area: 8330.42sqm
  • Building Area: 331.60sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 423.51sqm
  • Structure: Steel Structure
  • Building Materials: Titanium, Glass
  • Design years: 2010,9 – 2011,2
  • Construction years: 2011,3 – 2011,9

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I built the design concept form Japanese art culture in order to create an architecture suited to the museum having art pieces appraised internationally. Such Japanese craft as ‘Origami’, ‘ Sensu fan ‘, or ‘Byobu screen ‘ are created from just one piece of paper, having an infinite possibility to be shaped in various forms.

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They also have similarity to western geometric design, which are even led to modern art with their originality and beauty. I, at the same time, thought my design coexist with sharp lines of mountainous scenery seen in this area such as Yatsugatake or Asamayama mountains, which is totally contrastive with the curved lines of the museum.

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Another important factor I kept in mind as a theme was that my architecture had to work as a landmark where people might encounter artworks, not only as a facility next to the museum.

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Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

Image courtesy Yasui Hideo Atelier

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