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Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art / ATTA

Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art / ATTA

The Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art (Hirosaki MOCA) had a grand open on July 11, 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.   

Ph: Daici Ano

ATTA chose the concept “continuous memories” to inherit the history of the warehouse and building. The idea is to re-establish the importance of the warehouse with intervention and preservation of the original red bricks. We removed the old plaster to reveal the original red coloured bricks and added new matching bricks when needed in order to not distinguish between old and new. In honour of the history of the building, we designed the “Cider Gold” roof with titanium and a diagonal roofing technique to symbolise the memory of the former large-scale cider factory. While preserving and renovating the old brick building, we also enhanced its seismic performance to prevent damage during large scale earthquakes.  

Ph: Daici Ano

“Site-specific” and “time-specific” were selected as concepts to embody the museum exhibition spaces. “Site-specific” aims to create art works that interact with the architecture of the brick warehouse and to stimulate new creativity. The design of the museum aims to preserve the architectural memory and deliver new spatial experiences with art works, creating a new modern industrial heritage. “Time-specific”, is a concept that influences the design of the ex­hibitions which operate at different rhythms, and flexible use of the space. In order to bring out the full potential of the brick warehouse, spaces are assigned freely and flexibly. To build the annual program, each artwork, installation, or exhibition is displayed for a different duration ranging from short-term to long-term.

The alternation of light and shadow enlivens the roof cladding made of finely The museum is composed of several facilities: five exhibition rooms including one 15m high gallery, a civic gallery and three studios, a library and a museum shop and café. The public space named ‘museum road’ will guide the visi­tors to the museum to discover the new role of the art museum in the 21st century.

Ph: Daici Ano

The museum is composed of several facilities: five exhibition rooms including one 15m high gallery, a civic gallery and three studios, a library and a museum shop and café. The public space named ‘museum road’ will guide the visi­tors to the museum to discover the new role of the art museum in the 21st century.

DATE: 2020 / LOCATION: Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan / AREA: 3,089.59 m² (museum), 497.69 m² (café and shop) / PROGRAM: Contemporary Art Museum / STATUS: built / MUSEUM DESIGN: Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects / CONCEPT: Tsuyoshi Tane / PROJECT MANAGER: Haruki Nakayama / PROJECT ARCHITECT: Valentino Pagani, Daisuke Maeda, Aoi Akimoto / TEAM: Kuniyuki Okuyama, Matteo Broggini, Shota Yamamoto, Matteo Lunanova, Hiroki Sato, Yosuke Tsukamoto, Ryosuke Yago / PROJECT REPRESENTATIVE: Starts Corporation Inc. / CONSTRUCTION: Starts Cam + Obayashi Corporation+Minami Kensetsu / MUSEUM MANAGEMENT: N&A Inc. / PROJECT MANAGEMENT: NTT Facilities Inc. + NTT Facilities Tohoku Inc. / CONSULTANTS: Obayashi Corporation + Starts Cam (Structure), Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design (Lighting), P.T.Morimura & Associates, Ltd. (Engineer) // CAFE – SHOP ARCHITECT: Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects / PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Strats Cam / CONSTRUCTION: Nishimura-Gumi / CONSULTANTS: Yasuhirokaneda Structure (Structure), Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design (Lighting) / PHOTOS: Daici Ano

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