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IAN+ New Tomhiro Museum

As a cell or a human been, the beehive behave as a unique entity, preserving his identity in the space, opposing itself to dissolution... It is not a thing nor a concept, but a flow or a continuous process.
William Norton, "Wheeler Journal of Morphology"

[in italiano] This museum wants to recreate the ideal conditions in order to be in contact with art, through a contemporary architecture. Conceptual, as an understanding function and of an architect thought, and poetic, artistic work face each other in a space in which architecture become an expression of the human being and of his art. The museum is the synthesis between three elements: museum-nature-artists' work. Painting transparency of Mr Hoshino and the power of the landscape they represent are the basic elements to consider.



A glass prism beehive of different dimensions hosts the museum rooms. The glass breaks filter the landscape light around the village of Azuma, the main subject of Hoshino work. The light is able to give a meaning to the passing of time and the changing of seasons. The void below the building is a basic part of the museum: it hosts a garden from which it is possible to be in contact with the landscape of Azuma before visiting the exhibition. The glass brick hall creates a sense of oneness between the poems and the outside scenery.

Ground floor.

First level.

Second level.

Cross section.

A flight leads inside the museum built on a unique level in order to facilitate the passage of visitors. In the museum rooms we can find resting areas and patio facing the garden below in which the season flowers are exhibited. The halls are bidimensional: the bigger ones allow visitors to contemplate a single work at their leisure, the smallest ones host videos, photographs, written works and objects. On the second floor, upon the access area to the museum, all special functions are organized. A room to study the shi-ga works, a conference room, the offices and the works archives with a small library. In the public areas: bar, bookshops, the exposition area of children works and the promotional area are located at the end of the exhibition.

All the storage areas and those that host technical facilities are located below the garden level, in order to facilitate the regulation of humidity levels and allow a suitable temperature for all exhibited works. These basement areas are fire- and earthquake-resistant, as well as unaccessible to insects, and are endowed with an independent control system of energy in order to protect the collection in case of power shortages or air conditioning breakdown. The oldest museum will be pulled down after the construction of the new building. The alveolate building structure allows the museum to grow as the need comes and its growth can go as far as occupying the whole available area.


IAN+ New Tomhiro Museum

Project made for the New Tomhiro Museum of Shi-ga Azuma village Competition, Japan 2001.

design project:
IaN+ (Carmelo Baglivo, Luca Galofaro)

Marco Galofaro
IaN+ is formed by Carmelo Baglivo and Luca Galofaro; Stefania Manna works as consultant. For the IaN+Studio, a project is not an isolated object, but rather a field of relations that become activated within a given context. The projects by the IaN+ group have been selected for exhibits in Italy and abroad including: The Venice Biennial of Architecture 2000 (with Futurama2k), ArchiLab 2000, 2001, 2002 e 2003, Orléans, France; Architopia at the Biennal Utopia 2001 of Portugal; Microutopias, second edition of the Biennial of Valencia 2003; HiperCatalunya, Museum of contemporary art in Barcelona 2003. Two of their projects –The Goethe house and the Mies van der Rohe foundation- make up part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain).
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