Designed by Naf Architect & Design, the Mecenat Art Museum in Hiroshima is owned by painter Kanji Kato and was designed to house the work of Kato’s teacher, Japanese painter Kakudo Goami, and introduce Goami’s art work to a greater public. Goami’s artworks are studies in the variables of light – and the architect worked to create spaces which would show the works in a way to reflect this. The concrete structure is designed to eliminate interior columns and include open corners to maximize space and light – the surfaces are linked to create a sound structure with the sense of origami folds. As the location is in an older part of the city, the museum lights create an unexpected beacon at night and the building has become an instant landmark.
photos: Noriyuki Yano sources: evolo, archdaily