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Suntory Museum of Art

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Kengo Kuma & Associates
 
location Tokyo
function gallery
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The exterior of the building is covered with vertical louvers made of white ceramic panels, giving the building a transparent feeling. Because ceramic panels are rather weak they are usually thickened, or cast into concrete for enhanced strength, making them appear heavy and dull... a far cry from the delicate imagery of a tea bowl. The development of a new method of reinforcing thin ceramic panels with aluminum extrusion made it possible to use extra-fine edges in the details. The interior finishes are wood and traditional "washi" (Japanese paper) which create a natural warmth while admitting a soft light.

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Suntory Museum of Art
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Akasaka 9-7-4
Japan
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