Introduction to the Museum

Photo: Yoshiro Masuda
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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.

Architectural Overview
Lot area 5,974.53 square meters
Building Steel-reinforced concrete structure
(three floors above ground, one floor below ground)
Building area 3,564.80 square meters
Total floor area 11,948.14 square meters
Design Taniguchi and Associates (President: Taniguchi Yoshio)
Construction Kajima Corporation
Museum History
Construction commenced November 21, 1989
Construction completed June 20, 1991
Museum opened November 23, 1991
Architectural Awards
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)

Photo: Yoshiro Masuda
reproduction forbidden