JAIST Gallery

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JAIST Gallery | Tatsu Matsuda Architects

Words by mooponto Staff

February 15, 2013


The gallery for the 3rd biggest puzzles collections in the world. At the entrance hall of the university’s existing building, a space to exhibit a various collections, a space where children can play puzzles in theirs hands freely, a space to archive and arrange the puzzles and the documents, were required.

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According to the scale condition of exhibition area and the optimum dimensions for exhibition, we chose the cube with 300mm of one side as basic size and adopt “N” Penta Cube, which is combined by 5 basic cubes as a basic unit for the space. Having supposed a “8×9×10” right-angled parallelepiped fop the big boxed puzzle which could be solved by 144 “N” Penta Cubes, we solved this puzzle problem by using the special algorithmic program. The completed boxed form of right-angled parallelepiped was decomposed to 12 parts, which were realigned in the gallery space.

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This space is made up of the exactly same form units of 144 “N” Penta Cubes, letting us imagine the innumerable suppositional combinations. The visitors who enter into this puzzle space will explore and solve the space Puzzle while experiencing the special rules by their body directly. What we searched here is the possibilities of space where Puzzles and Architecture are coexisting.

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10 - site plan

site plan

11 - floor plan

floor plan

12 - diagram


architects: Tatsu Matsuda Architects
location: JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) – Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
function: gallery
project team: Tatsu Matsuda / Tatsu Matsuda Architects + Noriko Rinno / Rinno Sekkei Architect
structural engineering: Yasutaka Konishi / Konishi Structural Engineers
site surveillance: Toshihiro Yoshimura / Toshihiro Yoshimura Architect
lighting design: Mariko Naito / Komorebi Design
equipment planner: Tadashi Nakamura Equipment Planning
construction: Yamamori Kogyo Co.
electric: Shiguma Electric Co.
HVAC: Suzuki Kensho Co.
furniture design: CELIA s.p.A.
built area: 157.74 m²
total floor area: 157.74 m²
structural system: existing reinforced concrete construction with 7 stories (JAIST building)
construction period: July 2012 – September 2012
photographs: Hiraku Ikeda

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