Gunma Museum of Fine Arts
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Architect Arata Isozaki
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Location Takasaki, Japan   map
Date 1971 to 1974   timeline
Building Type art museum
 Construction System aluminum cladding
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Cuboid geometries.




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"The design is based on the interaction of two architectural systems: the skeletal parti of forty-foot cubes (the basic structure) and the exhibition spaces, stairways, administrative offices, lighting, and so on. (the supplemental structure). The series of cubes, laid out on an expansive lawn in a parklike setting, takes the form of one large rectangular block, which houses the main exhibition space, and two shorter, projecting wings. The first of these is perpendicular to the central block and contains the entrance hall. The second, angled off the building's primary axis, holds a gallery for traditional Japanese art. This wing is elevated above a square reflecting pool, with an open terrace at the first-floor level."

— Arata Isozaki. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. p88.


Client: Gunma Prefectural Government
Design team: Shuichi Fujie, Hiroshi Nishioka
Consultants: Mamoru Kawaguchi & Engineers (structural); Nippon Kankyo Giken Co., Ltd. (mechanical);
Setsubi Keikaku Co., Ltd. (electrical); Sotoji Nakamura (teahouse)
Contractor: Inoue Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Sources on Gunma Museum of Fine Arts

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. transformation diagram, p170. grid geometry diagram, p195. — Updated edition available at

Arata Isozaki. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1318-5. LC 90-50795. NA1559.I79A4 1991. p88, 287.

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. Architecture of the 20th Century in Drawings: Utopia and Reality. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1982. ISBN 0-8478-0464-X. LC 82-42534. NA2700.M3513. perspective drawing of primary structure, f146, p166. Arata Isozaki, 1976.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior and interior photos, plan and perspective drawings, p318. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Gunma Museum of Fine Arts


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