“New Material Research Laboratory・— New Material × Old Material”

Archi-Depot Museum

poster for “New Material Research Laboratory・— New Material × Old Material”
[image: Glass Tea House Mondrian (San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice) Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 ©Hiroshi Sugimoto/Courtesy of NMRL]

Ends in 26 days

This special exhibition introduces ten years of achievements by the New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL), co-established by internationally acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Tomoyuki Sakakida in 2008. A variety of media including architectural models, photographs, archives, and other items used in NMRL’s works are featured.
Based on the philosophy “traditional materials are the newest,” NMRL undertakes the challenge of reinterpreting and reimagining the use of materials and construction methods from ancient and medieval times, applying them in the modern settings. Their designs are further enhanced by modern details achieved through the combination of traditional artisans’ skills that bring out the best qualities of materials and the latest technology. This exhibition reveals the trajectories of NMRL’s ongoing activities exploring the architectural possibilities of traditional materials.

*The symbol “・” is pronounced as “ten” in Japanese, as is a word meaning “exhibition.” *The exhibition “ten” and the “ten” of the 10th anniversary of the laboratory are embodied in the ”・” (ten) symbol.



from October 21, 2018 to January 14, 2019


Adults ¥3000, College Students ¥2000, High School Students and under ¥1000, Registered Disabled +1 assistant Free.

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 19:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Last Admission: 18:00. Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 1F Terrada Warehouse Company, 2-6-10 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-8615
Phone: 03-5769-2133

3 minute walk from Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Monorail line. 2 minute walk from Tennozu Isle Station on the Rinkai line. From the Konan exit of JR Shinagawa station, take the Toei #98 bus towards Ota-shijo, and get off at Shintoukaibashi.

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New Material Research Laboratory・— New Material × Old Material

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