Japan based studio Tatsu Matsuda Architects designed the JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science And Technology) Gallery expansion.

Completed in 2012, this stimulating contemporary project is located in Asahidai, Nomi-city, Ishikawa Prefecture, in Japan.

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JAIEST Gallery by Tatsu Matsuda Architects:

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.

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.
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.

Photos by Hiraku Ikeda.


[via spoon & tamago]


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