Architect model museum opens in Japan

A museum dedicated to architectural models has opened in Tokyo.

Scaled down works by Japanese architects including Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto are among the exhibits

Billed as Japan’s only architectural model museum, the Archi-Depot Museum is a warehouse-cum-gallery where both rough guidelines and final design models are on show to the public.

Industrial shelving units extend from the floor to the ceiling of the 5.2-metre-high space, creating 116 display surfaces for building models and studios pay to rent the shelves, offering them an alternative to storing them in cramped offices.

Highlights include large scale models of Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, a university campus by Riken Yamamoto and a school surrounded by trees by Kazuhiro Kojima and Kazuko Akamatsu.

Other studios with work on display include Torafu Architects, Klein Dytham Architecture and Nikken Sekkei.

“Most architects have a store room full of lovely models that no one gets to see. But the situation is worse in offices in Japan, where space is really at a premium,” explained Klein Dytham co-founder Mark Dytham.