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Kanno Museum // 2006
Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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Kanno Museum
// 2006
Project Title: Kanno Museum
Architect of Record: Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Location: Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Status: Completed, 2006
Size: 638.5 sq. m.
Awards: Annual Architectural Design Commendation
Use: Museum
International Architecture Award

Located in a small town on a hilly site with a view of the Pacific Ocean, this private gallery is intended to permanently display eight sculptures. Rather than a developing a "white cube", the gallery was designed as a unique landscape, where specific spaces designed to accommodate a single sculpture are aggregate within a predetermined 10m x 12m x 10m volume. The architecture was inspired by the delicate structure found in the boundary between soap bubbles, which are formed by the internal pressures that when aggregate cells are confined within a larger boundary.