The National Art Center
The National Art Center, Japan's largest exhibition
facility, connects with the Roppongi downtown as an extension of
the street. As the trees surrounding the building grow the atrium
will become a forested public space.
Visitors enter the atrium through a giant steel and glass cone, after depositing their umbrellas in the circular pavilion.
The building contains seven 2,000 square meter column-less
galleries, that can be divided up into smaller spaces by a series
of internal partitions. The partitions, each weighing 2.5 ton, can
be moved by two people.
Skylights and translucent spaces between the wood slatted walls admits daylight into the galleries.
A vast outdoor exhibition space is located on the back side of
The Center also contains a library, an auditorium, a restaurant, a cafe, a museum shop, and a rooftop garden. The restaurant and café are located in the upper part of two inverted concrete cones.
Five of the gallery spaces will be used for exhibitions by Japan's art associations, collectives of artists working in a particular media, that often have many hundreds of members.
The two remaining galleries, one with a ceiling height of five
meters, the other eight meters, will be used for "special
exhibition" of contemporary art organized by the Center itself, or
in collaboration with other institutions and newspaper
The National Art Center, together with the Mori Art Museum and the the new Suntory Museum of Art, opening in Spring of 2007, will form the "Art Triangle Roppongi," establishing Roppongi as one of Tokyo's major cultural centers.
Facts about The National Art Center
Total Floor area: 48,980 m2
Main Project Architect:
Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates
TAISEI Corporation J
OBAYASHI Corporation JV
Ministry of Education
Science and Technology
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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