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Fri 16.12.

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 16.12.2011 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; photo by Nacasa & Partners inc

Drawing their inspiration from the traditional Japanese art of paper folding origami, the Tokyo-based practice Yasui Hideo Atelier have designed this recently-completed museum complex in the city of Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture. The deconstructed, multifaceted, 423.51-square-meters two-storey building is supported by a steel structure while its characteristic sharp edges and sky-piercing spikes have been developed in titanium and glass.

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; photo by Nacasa & Partners inc

Here’s what the architect and founder of Yasui Hideo Atelier, Hideo Yasui says about the project:

 

‘The inspiration came from origami, the well-known Japanese paper craft technique, which I united with the nature found in the site of Yatsugatake mountain area in Nagano. Since the facility is located next to the world famous Japanese artist/painter’s museum, I wanted to harmonise Japanese traditional element and Japanese modern aspect and create an unique architecture.

 

‘I totally wanted to differentiate my work from the museum designed with lots of curves; I used straight lines to make a significant contrast, while showing its originality, but still, I think my work has a well-balance with the museum.’

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; photo by Nacasa & Partners inc

‘I would say developing origami object to a real architecture has been a big challenge; at first, I created objects from paper with origami technique, then I developed the structure to a real architectural one by playing with different triangular parts.’

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; photo by Nacasa & Partners inc

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; photo by Nacasa & Partners inc

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; photo by Nacasa & Partners inc

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; drawing courtesy of the architect

Karuizawa Museum Complex by Yasui Hideo Atelier; plan courtesy of the architect

 

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