National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto is located in the heart of historic Kyoto. As such, the appropriate expression of the 20th century's modern spirit with a sensitive context served as the most important design theme. The exterior design was kept modest because of its location in a scenic district. The interior provides for a variety of functions, including temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, storage, and an auditorium. A 1.5-meter grid was used for the basic exterior module - representing horizontality and verticality, present and past, transparency and mass, and the duality of Japanese and Western influences.

Location: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Completion Date: 1986
Building Type: Museum
Structural System: Steel, Reinforced Concrete
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 4 Stories
Site Area: 5,001m²
Building Area: 2,142m²
Total Floor Area: 9,983m²
Structural Engineer: Kimura Structural Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: P.T. Morimura and Associates
■ Publication
Fumihiko Maki(PHAIDON)
SD:1993.1, 1986.1
GA JAPAN:1987.4
Nikkei Architecture:1986.12.9
Kenchiku Bunka:1984.1
■ Awards / Competition
Kyoto Scenic Beauty Award(1987)
Building Contractors Society Prize(1988)
Public Building Minister of Construction Award(1992)