Kengo Kuma uses 20000 individual Granite Pieces for the Kadokawa Culture Museum facade

Kadokawa Culture Museum

Designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma and Associates, this Kadokawa Culture Museum in Japan was built by using 20,000 individual pieces of granite. This monolithic structure is part of Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama Prefecture, which was partially opened on first August 2020 while other sections of the museum are planned to open to the public on November 6.

Let’s take a sneak-peak to this beautiful museum with SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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Situated about 19 miles or 30 kilometers west of central Tokyo, the polyhedron-shaped structure covers is almost 40-meter tall and covers 10,764 square feet. The astounding asymmetrical exterior of this building looks more fictitious than real.

adokawa Culture Museum in Japan

Behind this huge façade, the museum has a total of five storeys. The five floors include art galleries, cafés, shops, an anime-focused hotel, a book store, a garden a shrine, a library, and an indoor pavilion for a variety of events.

Kadokawa Culture Museum in Japan

There is a fascinating small library on the first floor with a  1,000 square meter gallery for exhibitions concerning an array of themes such as art, science, nature, fashion, environment, natural history, and society.

kadokawa Culture Museum in Japan

The second floor contains a café and a shop. Whereas the third storey of the museum is reserved completely for the presentation of anime.

The most striking feature of this building is a double-height library located on the fourth floor that can convert into a ‘bookshelf theater’ using projection mapping technology. The library has 8-meter tall bookshelves rise towards the ceiling and can hold nearly 50,000 books.

Kadokawa Culture Museum in Japan

At last, the fifth floor accommodates another gallery along with a restaurant.

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