June 22, 2021

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Cool Architectural Interior Feature: This Kind of Looks Like a Fine Dining Restaurant on the Death Star

By Rain Noe From Core77

Kisho Kurokawa’s dining platform for Japan’s “Empty Museum”

What is it: A dining platform inside Japan’s largest museum, the National Arts Center Tokyo (NACT)

Where is it: Japan, Tokyo, Roppongi district

When was it designed: 2006

Who designed it: Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates, in collaboration with architectural design firm Nihon Sekkei, Inc.

Why it was designed: To serve as a soaring, dramatic dining space in line with the museum’s theme of being “empty;” the museum is informally referred to as the Empty Museum, partially because its seven gargantuan display rooms were designed without support columns, and partially because the museum has neither a curator nor a permanent collection. Instead, it hosts ever-rotating exhibitions with guest curators and collaborators.

Keep the conversation going at a coffee shop with these facts:

– Kurokawa died in 2007 but his firm lives on

– Kurokawa was an architect of the Metabolist Movement, which integrated the idea of organic biological growth into megastructures

– Kurokawa famously designed Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, a fine example of Metabolist architecture

The Nakagin Capsule Tower

Learn more about NACT’s design:

– from Kurokawa’s firm

– from Nihon Sekkai

– from Fritz Hansen

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