2-24-8 Minami Aoyama - Minato Ku Tokyo 107.0062
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Stone Museum
Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture - special prize
The project aims to retrieve the three stone-based traditional Japanese storages that were built long ago in the Ashino region of Nasu-city, Tochigi Province. The new program of Stone Museum aims for a revival of the space based on introduction of new passage ways that would all together create spatial unification between the inside spaces and their immediate environment. The passage ways are built out of two types of "soft" walls. One type provides softness by making a series of stone slats (louver). In such way, this project was an extended research of the Venice Biennale *95 Japanese Pavilion which also introduced a passageway that connects the interior space with the exterior space, including the immediate environment. Stone is typically a heavy source that involves a challenge in processing.