MOMAT Pavilion designed and built by Studio Mumbai

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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In 2012, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its opening. On this occasion, MOMAT will wholly redesign the Collection Gallery (on the 2-4 floors, main building), and be closed from July 30th to October 15th, 2012.
Meanwhile, the MOMAT Pavilion will open in the foreyard as a place to relax so that people can visit and enjoy MOMAT during the period when the main building is closed. The Pavilion is designed and built by Studio Mumbai (India), which has been attracting worldwide attention, as its first architectural project in Japan. Surrounded by the comfortable space using organic materials, visitors will be able to enjoy their time resting with the cool evening breeze. To introduce the studio' s work style, various skilled artisans staffed at the workshop and constructing buildings by themselves, the construction work of the Pavilions by carpenters invited from Mumbai to Japan will be open to the public.

Back in 1952 when MOMAT was established in the midst of postwar reconstruction, lots of ‘huts’ were still found in Tokyo. The hut, which was built manually out of necessity by those who had little knowledge about construction, could be deemed to be an archetype of the house. It attracts us also in terms of unfinished building where people keep innovating their living space on a case-by-case basis. No matter whether it is new construction or renovation, built by professional artisans or laypeople, the impulse to keep renewing a building, which is the very nature of the hut, coincides with the architectural approach of Studio Mumbai. Inspired by the fact that many such huts used to exist in Japan and based on their previous research on Indian rural villages and temporary buildings, the studio will pursue the potential of the hut through constructing small-scale buildings.

The MOMAT Pavilion is located at the foreyard of the museum and consists of three buildings: Pavilion Window, Pavilion Tower, and Pavilion Swing. These buildings lacking the form of ordinary houses are designed as ‘non-house’ that Studio Mumbai. Thus attempting to create an ambiguity between interior and exterior.

In the centre of the yard, will stand several constructions named Bird Trees made from bamboos and originally a tool to attract birds found in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. This is representative of how Studio Mumbai develops such anonymous artifacts found by continuous fieldwork into their superb architectural design.

The pavilion is scheduled to be completed September 1st. Visitors are welcome to view the construction process from August 26-31.

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From 2012-08-26 To 2013-05-26
August 26th – September 8th 10:00-21:00, September 11th – October 13th 10:00-17:00 *Many exceptions. See website for full schedule

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