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Museum of Kanayama Castle Ruin and Community Center

Kengo Kuma and Associates

Asia | Ota

The new Kanayama Museum and Community Center designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates is located in Ota, a little over a hundred kilometres north of Tokyo. The complex takes its cue from the medieval fortress of the same name. The hillock site is dominated by the ruins of Kanayama castle and is a listed archaeological site. The historic monument and remains testify to ancient technical excellence in the multiple-level stone wall defense system, water channelling technology and the importance of Kanayama as a military base. The museum’s architecture deliberately resonates with the archaeological site. In turn the multiple-purpose museum building continually opens up spaces that meld with the Community Center proper, providing opportunities for collective participation in art and craft workshops. The architecture is a blend of function and form mediated by construction materials that both...

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