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Design and Supervision: Kisho Kurokawa + Nihon Sekkei

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan
The National Art Center, Tokyo has one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan


The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) was jointly designed by KISHO KUROKAWA architect & associates, and NIHON SEKKEI, INC.. It has 12 columnless exhibition rooms, an art library, an auditorium, a restaurant, three cafes, and a museum shop. With a total floor area of more than 45,000 m², it is one of the largest art museums in Japan.
The National Art Center, Tokyo is a new type of art museum. While it does not have a permanent collection, it makes use of its exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan (14,000 m²), to hold a variety of exhibitions. It also functions as an art center, educating the public and collecting, publishing, and providing information and materials related to art. The building and its design have a flexibility that allows them to be adapted to a wide range of activities and creative expressions.

NACT is a highly functional gallery facility that can hold multiple exhibitions simultaneously. The atrium of the building is characterized by a giant wavelike glass facade and features two large inverted cones. At the top of each inverted cone is, respectively, a restaurant and a cafe. Here guests can enjoy the view through the glass facade. Trees have been planted around the building to blend in with the surrounding greenery, and the atrium area is a space that links the museum to the nightlife of the Roppongi district as well as to nearby events and activities.

Location: Roppongi, Tokyo
Design and Supervision: Kisho Kurokawa + Nihon Sekkei
Date of Completion: May 2006
Category: Culture
Area: 12,989 m²
Total Floor Area: 49,834 m²

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