At the entrance of the museum, visitors will find Genichiro Inokuma's huge mural and a space with some of the artist's objects. The building's facade acts as a natural extenuation of the adjacent station-front square.
The facility was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, who is world-famous for his beautiful museums. Through a series of discussions with Inokuma, Taniguchi arrived at a design that embodied their individual philosophies.
In the interior of the building, the first floor houses the museum shop, while the second contains two exhibition rooms of contrasting sizes, and the third, a spacious exhibition room with an approximately seven-meter-high ceiling.
The museum was designed not only for the appreciation of creative works but to facilitate a variety of approaches to art. The second-floor Art Center, for example, is equipped with an art library, a hall for lectures and concerts, and a studio for workshops, while in the rear of the third floor visits can relax at Cascade Plaza and Café MIMOCA.
|Lot area||5,974.53 square meters|
|Building||Steel-reinforced concrete structure|
(three floors above ground, one floor below ground)
|Building area||3,603.92 square meters|
|Total floor area||8,000.04 square meters|
|Design||Taniguchi and Associates (President: Taniguchi Yoshio)|
|Construction commenced||November 21, 1989|
|Construction completed||June 20, 1991|
|Museum opened||November 23, 1991|
|1992||26th Japan Sign Design Association (SDA) Award|
|1993||34th Building Contractors Society Award|
|1994||Murano Togo Award|
|1996||5th Public Buildings Association Award (Special Award)|
1. GATE PLAZA
3. ENTRANCE HALL
4. GALLERY A
5, 6. GALLERY B
7. GALLERY C
Photo: Tadasu Yamamoto