SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

Gallery in Kiyosato main

GALLERY IN KYOSATO

The Gallery in Kiyosato is designed to stimulate sensual perception above rational comprehension: the building consists of a guesthouse with an art gallery for private collections of ancient Buddhist sculptures located in forest at the foot of Mt. Yasugatake.

In order to scatter and fragment the building within the wood, interlocked slender elements were composed so that each passage becomes a switch between different sights and atmospheres. Every turning point is transparent as to offer a glance of the otherwise concealed forest.

The newly conceived Container Structure System, developed with engineer Hirokazu Toki, bears the loads of the Gallery: it consists of a ship-shaped core in which smaller spaces are encased to create an intricate sequence of fragmented views. The predominant material is local timber, stained dark.

LOCATION
Kiyosato, Yamanashi, JP
PROGRAM
Art gallery and private residence
YEAR
2005
SIZE
207 sqm
STRUCTURE
Timber
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Isao Kato, Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Hirokazu Toki
CONTRACTOR:
Niitsugumi Co. Ltd.
PHOTO CREDITS:
Satoshi Okada architects, Koichi Torimura
AWARDS
INTERNATIONAL:
Golden A' Design Award (2017) IT, The Chicago Athenaeum International Design Award (2007) USA, Grand Prix Dedalo Minosse International Prize (2005 - 06)
JAPAN:
Good Design Award (2005)
PUBLICATIONS
INTERNATIONAL:
Futu Magazine 6-7/2007, l'Arca vol. 224, 100 Country Houses, 10×10/3 - 100 Architects 10 Critics, Almanac of Architecture & Design 2007, Taburet 1/2007, 50+Vacation Homes, Casabella vol. 734, Japan Houses
JAPAN:
Contemporary Architecture in Japan vol.4, DETAIL 180, Journal Of Architecture And Building Science vol.123, GA Houses 87, JIA Architect of the Year 2006

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