Andrew Michler

Molo's Nebuta Museum in Japan Wraps Itself in a Shimmering Ribbon Facade

by , 06/24/11
filed under: Architecture, Daylighting

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Like the festival, the museum’s design is intended to enliven the subdued neighborhoods. The red color is continually changing as the bending metal plates enliven the view of the building from all angles. Inside the light is often diffused providing low illumination for the exhibits, while cutting of glare and keeping the building from overheating. When the sun is low, strips of light come streaming in, creating patterns on the walls– a contemporary take on the traditional Japanese architectural tradition of using sun and shade as interior design elements.

The museum houses a theater and a collection of the extraordinary glowing floats, along with a restaurant and store. molo’s playful skin is another example of their ability to take a simple idea and elaborate it into a play of light and kinetic function.

+ Molo Designs

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  1. lvhuitheone June 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Japan is our near country,and in April,it happen earthquake,this event bring more influence.

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