katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves osaka museum from black volume

‘a museum like a city’

katsuhiko endo architect and associates have built nakanoshima art museum, osaka (NAKKA)), japan as a completely black volume cut out internally. the design concept is based on the idea of ​​’a museum like a city’, where different people and activities intersect. a three-dimensional hollow path in the museum generates large exhibition spaces and atrium areas, designed to promote meaningful interaction with art.

katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume
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an open urban space for inspiration and relaxation

according to katsuhiko endo architect and associate (find more here), the nakanoshima art museum, osaka (NAKKA) is an ‘urban space’ that one can easily visit to learn, relax, enjoy and be inspired. the structure takes the form of an impressive black volume hollowed out by a three-dimensionally planned internal ‘passage’ leading towards showrooms and large atrium spaces. the ‘passage’, which is planned together with the lawn, will welcome people as a lively public space, day and night.

the main entrance of the building will be located on the second floor and the showroom will be accessed by an escalator that goes through the passage. the permanent showroom and the special showroom are planned on the fourth and fifth floors, respectively. in addition, cafes and restaurants are also integrated into the layout, as well as an open terrace with a rich planting, which will create a lively atmosphere in the surrounding public space. ‘we expect it will create a busy city and bring a new stream of people to nakanoshima,’ the architects share.

katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume

katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume

katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume

katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume

katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume katsuhiko endo architect & associates carves a museum in osaka from a completely black volume

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