photo : NAKAMICHI Atsushi / Nacása & Partners
"Museum open to the city like a park"
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is situated in the center of Kanazawa city. Anybody can drop in whenever they want. The Museum is designed as a park where people can gather and meet with one another. The glass-made circle results in an ambiguous spatial definition. a kind of reversible membrane, through which visitors can sense each other's presence. The museum pays careful attention to its openness and brightness from the courtyards with sky-lights. The Museum, in order to meet various needs of visitors, has also a shop and restaurant open to the night. The aim of the Museum is "casualness", "enjoyment", and "accessibility".
The Circle = Multiple Directions
The most visible characterisic of this Museum is its unusual form. The site, surrounded by three streets, is accessible from multiple directions, which led to the actual plan of circularity. Anyone can enter the Museum through any entrance which helps to facilitate easy access and a sense of closeness between the building and the city.
Horizontality = Location of Facility
Exhibition rooms, restaurant, and art library are located in a horizontal place, so that the Museum looks spread out as if the visitors were in downtown area. The natural flow of the Museum enables visitors easily to view each area.
Transparency = Producing Openness
The use of glass walls, inside and out, produces transparency and brightness. It also enhances a sense of encounter, an awareness of each other's presence, and unity among the visitors, whether they are at inside or outside of the building.
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA