This art museum is attached to corporate lodging facilities in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture. Kengo Kuma's architecture presents Japanese construction materials that naturally blend into the landscape of Yufuin and a minimalist space that unites perfectly with contemporary art. Kuma perceived a need for a straightforward design that allows lodgers to feel comfortable in this atmosphere and identify with the materials naturally, in conjunction with a basso continuo of modernity that rises through the project.

Squares and circles VI System

The art museum and rest house are expressed symbolically with squares and circles. The circle and square are the archetypes of humanistic forms, shapes created by people. To draw attention to the materials, immaculate stainless steel is used for signage on the buildings and debossing is employed to create simple, recessed logos for paper products and items such as soap.
VI System
AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Tomoko Nishi
P: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
Cl: NHN Japan Corp.