Retro Japan: The Tokyo Museum is a work of art in itself with an abundance of geometric patterns

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TOKYO – Amid the trees of Kinuta Park in Tokyo’s Setagaya district sits the Setagaya Museum of Art, a structure that creatively maximizes the effects of circles, triangles and squares to present itself as a work of art. unique art in itself.






Many curves are used for the Setagaya Art Museum building, including its roofs, as seen in this photo taken in the Setagaya district of Tokyo on April 11, 2022. A bridge over a courtyard is visible in the center. (Mainichi/Akihiro Ogomori)=Click/tap on photo for more images.

Designed by architect Shozo Uchii, the two-story reinforced concrete building with a basement was completed in 1985. When I visited, I was greeted by a comfortable breeze and the sound of rustling leaves.

Upon entering the establishment, a slightly curved glass ceiling covering the lobby appears. The staircase, which, seen from above, is designed to recall a circular undulation, expresses movement in tranquility.

The corridor connecting the main building and the adjoining restaurant is a space where visitors can enjoy designs of various shapes. Along the wall are wave-themed benches, where they can sit and relax, enjoying the view of a row of inverted triangular columns in the foreground and the park in the background.

Exterior walls are covered in square tiles — a mix of flat and downright bumpy tiles — the bumps giving accents to walls that might otherwise be monotonous.

Not only can visitors appreciate the art of the museum, but they are also treated to a fine blend of architectural beauty.

(Japanese original by Akihiro Ogomori, Photo and Video Center)






The wave-like staircase is seen in the entrance hall of the Setagaya Museum of Art in Tokyo’s Setagaya district on April 11, 2022. (Mainichi/Akihiro Ogomori)=Click/tap photo for more pictures.

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The Japanese version of this article was originally published on May 15, 2022.

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Retro Japan in Photos: The Tokyo Art Museum Parks Itself an Architectural Art

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