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Architectural Model: Let’s touch and create

27 Oct, 2022—13 Nov, 2022

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【About Exvision】

WHAT MUSEUM, operated by Warehouse TERRADA, will hold an exhibition titled “Architectural Model: Let’s touch and create” from October 27th (Thu) to November 13th (Sun), 2022. This exhibition is designed and remodeled from “Architectural Model: Historical Transition as a Medium of Architecture,” which is currently held until October 16th (Sun).

※The exhibition will be temporarily closed from Monday, October 17 to Wednesday, October 26.

Architectural models have been used as a tool for experimentation and analysis up to the completion of a building, but also as a product that includes architects’ thoughts and expressions, and their role has continued to evolve.

WHAT MUSEUM will change a part of the exhibits of the current exhibition, “Architectural Model: Historical Transition as a Medium of Architecture,” and design it for an experience-based exhibition. This exhibition will focus on the models as a communication tool. In addition to appreciating the exhibiting models, visitors can try to create a model by themselves and join a workshop that will be on for a limited time. Through an experience to directly touch models, WHAT MUSEUM inspires people’s creativity and offers occasions to realize how valuable and brilliant architectural models are.



■Display of hands- on-models
Machida-City Serigaya park “Park Museum” project, a model by Ondesign Partners will be exhibited. The park model is five meters long and is called the Growing Model. Visitors can physically move scale figures and furniture freely to create their own space in the park model.
A high-dimensional model created for this exhibition by noiz will offer an interactive experience to visitors through both augmented reality (AR) technology and an actual model.
In addition, a copy of a miniature architectural papercraft of the tea-ceremony room will be displayed, and visitors can also create the same.


■Workshop space
An area to experience model making. Watching instructional videos, visitors can try to make a house with building blocks and a color paper dome any time.


■Workshop events (language: Japanese)
With Ondesign Partners, an exhibiting architectural firm, workshops “Create an architectural model of a town square for everyone (literal translation)” will be held.

Date: November 5th (Sat), 2022
Time 1) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Recommended for elementary school students and their parent) 2) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Recommended for junior high-school students and older)
Capacity: around 20 (first-come basis)
Price: 1,000 yen (The admission for the museum is not included)


【Exhibit / Architect】
AIDA BLOCK “prayer” by Takefumi Aida, “Manabu Manabiya Mock-up (literally meaning a mock-up model of a school to learn)” by Koki Akiyoshi (VUILD), “Growing Model,” Machida-City Serigaya park “Park Museum” project by Ondesign Partners, “Pantadome,” Model of Construction method by Mamoru Kawaguchi, High-dimensional Model by noiz, “Lost Homes” Model Restoration Project – Nagasaki and Kodanohama, Oshima, Kesennuma City, Miniature architectural papercraft of the tea-ceremony room
【Exhibition Collaborators】
General Incorporated Association Laboratory for Memories of Hometown; Secretariat of “Lost Homes” Model Restoration Project, and Oshimamirai team; Shigeyuki Okazaki, Chairman of Department of Architecture at Mukogawa Women’s University; Professor Masaki Koiwa’s office, Department of Architecture, School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University

(2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002)
1,200 yen
University or vocational college students
700 yen
Students under high school age

[Overview of the Exhibition]

Title: Architectural Model: Let’s touch and create
Dates: October 27th (Thu) – November 13th (Sun), 2022
Venue: WHAT Museum 1F
Open Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Admission until 5:00 PM),
closed on Mondays (but open when Monday is a public holiday, then closed the following Tuesday)

* Including the admission for the concurrent exhibition titled OKETA COLLECTION “YES YOU CAN : The Strength of Life through Art”
* Invitation tickets for “Architectural Model: Historical Transition as a Medium of Architecture” are available for this exhibition
* Tickets are on sale. Please see the WHAT MUSEUM official website for details.
* Tour of Architectural Model Warehouse (optional) 500 yen

Organizer & Planner: WHAT MUSEUM
Fixtures design: Mandai Architects
Photograph: Kenji Seo
Graphic design: SKG