KADOKAWA CULTURE MUSEUM・Musashino Reiwa Shrine by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Integrating elegance and popular culture in an organic form

Project Specs


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This multipurpose complex located in Tokorozawa on the Musashino plateau created by the collision of four crustal plates which is unprecedented anywhere else in the world mixes and integrates a digital printing factory, new type of computer-controlled distribution warehouse, offices, art gallery, library, museum, anime-themed hotel and anime culture in an organic and cross-sectoral manner.

▼建筑群远观,distant view of the complex © SS Nozomu Shimao

▼角川武藏野博物馆,Kadokawa Culture Museum © SS Nozomu Shimao

▼令和神社,Musashino Reiwa Shrine © Okamoto Photo Atelier


Twenty thousand 70mm thick black and white granite slabs were used to build the Kadokawa Culture Museum which appears like it thrust up and through the Musashino plateau. The granite slabs have a rough finish, with the adjoining sections not aligned so that the convex and concave surfaces match which is normally done, giving the appearance that each piece of stone broke through the surface of the earth independently, achieving a feeling of lightness and making it feel like the structure is floating.

▼从景观湖望向角川武藏野博物馆,view to the Kadokawa Culture Museum from the landscape lake © SS Nozomu Shimao

▼外观由两万块70mm厚的黑白花岗岩板组成,the exterior consists of twenty thousand 70mm thick black and white granite slabs © Forward Stroke inc.

▼建筑顶部,top of the building © Forward Stroke inc.

▼凹凸有致的花岗岩板,uneven granite slab © Forward Stroke inc.

▼细部,details © Kenshu Shintsubo


The huge interior space was designed as a futuristic labyrinth, transcending conventional binary opposition by effectively mixing high culture like contemporary art and low culture like anime. Book shelves that resemble haze in the sky were built with structural plywood, creating a structure of that looks like cells in a brain, providing a three dimensional connection between various genre and objects.

▼结构胶合板书架,structural plywood bookshelves © Forward Stroke inc.

▼迷宫般的室内空间,labyrinth-like interior space © SS Nozomu Shimao

▼仰视书架,view looking up at the bookshelf © Forward Stroke inc.


Large stone seats were provided in attempt to achieve harmony in the production and office wing with the rough surface of the stone, and an aluminum expanded metal fence with large openings surrounds the Musashino Reiwa Jinja Shrine where a wave style and traditional gables coexist. Decorative architectural elements which represent female and male gods were juxtaposed and mixed in an effort to create a new venue suited to the age of the coronavirus that far exceeds a traditional regional cultural facility.

▼令和神社内部,inside view of the Musashino Reiwa Shrine © Okamoto Photo Atelier

▼起伏的铝板,undulating aluminum panels © SS Nozomu Shimao

▼传统山墙,traditional gables © Okamoto Photo Atelier

▼博物馆夜景,night view of the museum © Okamoto Photo Atelier

Location: Saitama, Japan
Time: 2020.10
Category: Cultural complex
Area: 87,433.71 m2
Collaborator: KAJIMA DESIGN,TANEMURA Architect & Associates、Landscape design Inc. , SORA BOTANICAL GARDEN Project、TANSEISHA Co., Ltd. , dessence , y+A/yojitakahashiarchitects , ILYA CORPORATION

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