Yasui Hideo Atelier
#302, 4-3-27 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, 150-0002 Tokyo, Japan
This is not “just another example of minimalist architecture”, it is a true Japanese artistry in action. This beautiful cultural museum complex is located close to the area of Yatsugatake Mountain, in Nagano, Japan. The project was completed in 2011 by Yasui Hideo Atelier. The museum’s unusual shape makes it even more attractive and appealing. It actually resembles an origami, which is a world-wide known paper craft and traditional Japanese art. We could say that this gorgeous, unconventional, minimalist architecture is actually built as a tribute to Japanese artistry.
Creating a harmony between minimalist architecture and Japanese tradition is not an easy thing to. It is actually a great challenge. The architect shares that he had to draw and create different origami objects in order to acquire the origami technique and interpret it in his own way and inculcate it into the design. The result is remarkable. This minimalist architecture is probably the most unique, distinguishable building in the area. Developing an origami object into a minimalist architecture has turned out to be a very creative, even ingenious idea.
The futuristic aspect of this minimalist architecture is the usage of straight lines. As you can see there are no curves in this building, just like in an origami, the sheets of paper are folded in a special way creating different modules and units. The materials are carefully chosen to compliment the design of the building. The contrast and original thought are what makes this beautiful minimalist architecture so different from all the others.
The different triangular parts in this minimalist architecture create a very unique feeling of being in a real origami. Being an amplified folded piece of paper type of artistry is definitely something that doesn’t happen every day. Karuizawa museum is a minimalist architecture that is not only easily recognizable. It’s also an architectural masterpiece – easy to fall in love with.