ultramarinus – beyond the sea


Since 1940, Nezu Museum has been a prominent destination for traditional Japanese art.  The new museum building designed by Kengo Kuma opens to the public in 1990, and continues to serve as a focal point at the east end of the shopping street of Omotesando in Aoyama.
1In the shade of the big tile roof, the entry possession from the museum gate to the entrance door provides a peaceful transition between the urban activities outside and the traditional Japanese art exhibitions behind the doors.

2Under the shadow of the overhang, the simplicity of building materials and structural expression form a sense of natural beauty,  sleek and elegant.

3Building materials of different textures are used to create a rich pattern of grey tones under the shadow of the eaves.

4The permanent exhibit of Japanese art is housed in the minimal and elegant building which architect Kengo Kuma describes as a simple museum under a big traditional roof.

5The museum cafe is housed in a pavilion, a few steps away from the museum building. Under the fiber ceiling, the museum cafe brings users to relax in harmony with the man-made nature of the Japanese garden outside.

6The texture and translucent quality of the fiber ceiling creates an atmospheric lighting effect.

7We were lucky enough to be seated at the bar table along the big window.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Japanese garden behind the museum is home to a portion of the museum collection.

9A number of traditional tea houses and shrines scattered in the garden.

10There seems to be a dialogue between the stone sculpture and the tree next to it.

11A minimalist stair connects the garden level with the museum main floor above.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInterior reading space at the second level.

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Read other posts on 2014 Tokyo:
1. Tokyo 2014 (Introduction)
2. Yokohama Osanbashi Pier
3. Ginza, Tokyo
4. Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
5. Omotesando, Tokyo
6. Harajuku & Aoyama, Tokyo
7. Nezu Museum, Tokyo
8. Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
9. The National Art Centre, Tokyo
10. Midtown, Tokyo
11. A Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo
12. Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo
13. A Night in Yanaka, Tokyo
14. Breakfast at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
15. Moveable Feast, Tokyo
16. Seasonal Fruits, Tokyo
17. Afterthought, Tokyo

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