Jan 30, 2008

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa stands in the center of Kanazawa, on a site linking together diverse but equally important city functions. Circular in form, with a diameter of 112.5 meters, the building has no front or back, leaving it free to be explored from all directions. While being a reaction to the accessibility of the site from multiple points of entry, as well as to its breadth, the circularity of the plan also works in concert with keeping the overall building volume low, to effectively mitigate the scale of the project and an overly grand presence common to large institutions. In order to further encourage the multiplicity of approaches, the architects have intentionally resisted establishing a primary façade or entrance. (to find out more..)





Well this has always been my favourite building, designed by my favourite architecture office SANAA.
The most special thing here is the plan, each rooms are in fact individual blocks, and the cluster is braced by the outer circle elegantly. Without hierarchy in the overall form, the blocks' varied scales resonate with each other, generating polar yet harmonic dual-senses - individual and collective - within the cluster of blocks. Unlike conventional museums, this museum has no obvious frontal but a few entrances are placed around the circle, so it is a building where any people from any direction, can approach - truly a museum for all.
arhh there's actually so much more i want to say~!

passage from: http://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/06about/architect.html

posted by afterrabbit

5 comments:

inkyfingers said...

Hi.I am a sudent of architecture from Bangalore,India. I have to do an analysis of the 21st century museum of contemporary art, Kanazawa.I require the drawings(plans,sections,elevations etc) and have failed to find them in books and the internet.If you happen to have thme,or know where to get them,kindly mail me at shravani.v.rao@gmail.com
These will be used for study purposes only.

Regards,Shravani.

Parth B said...

Hi, i am also a student taking an architectural course at the University of Texas. I have chosen to study this building for the remainder of my semester. If You could please get back to me with helpful information or an email address i can ask specific question i would really appreciate it.

Thank you,
Parth Bhateja

DeArasis said...

Hi Parth B, you can get to me at dearasis@gmail.com.
Although I have not personally visited this building, I will try my best to respond to your request.

-afterrabbit

leno sy said...
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leno sy said...

Hi.I am a sudent of architecture from SYRIA. I have to do an analysis of the 21st century museum of contemporary art, Kanazawa.I require the drawings(plans,sections,elevations etc) and have failed to find them in books and the internet.If you happen to have thme,or know where to get them,kindly mail me at lenosy97@gmail.com
These will be used for study purposes only

 

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