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Kamoi Museum, Kurashiki, Japan

This Highly Commended entry to the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture is a former masking tape factory in Kurashiki, now laconically reimagined as a museum by TNA Architects

Among the many submissions proposing the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, this project, which transforms a former factory into a company museum, caught the jury’s eye. The two-storey structure forms part of a factory complex in Kurashiki.

The upper floor was originally perforated by a series of square apertures. These are retained in the remodelling and are now enclosed by exquisitely minimal balustrades. Slim steel columns supporting the new roof run through the voids

The upper floor was originally perforated by a series of square apertures. These are retained in the remodelling and are now enclosed by exquisitely minimal balustrades. Slim steel columns supporting the new roof run through the voids

For 90 years the factory made masking tape and the building was used for mixing the paste used in the manufacturing process. The building has been stripped back to its concrete frame and a new roof added, supported by slim steel columns running through existing floor voids.The new architectural language is beautifully laconic, with crisp new cladding and minimally-detailed display cases playing off the grungy concrete frame. Variously used as a museum documenting the history of the company, a dining room and conference space, an unremarkable industrial structure has been intelligently revitalised and reanimated.

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