Art paper museum moving façade, by Shigeru Ban [049]

Shigeru Ban, in the Art Paper Museum of Shizuoka, surprises us with a modern building that tries to recreate the relations between interior and exterior spaces typical of the traditional Japanese architecture. 

The southern façade of the museum consists of storey-height translucent façade segments made of a fiberglass-reinforced polymer. These panels can be folded upwards and outwards thanks to its mechanical guide rails. When opened, they work as a canopy, casting shadow to the interior spaces and its adjacent terraces while achieving a total spatial continuity of the interior and the exterior.

We should also emphasize the huge -10m high- roller shutter doors on eastern and western elevations and the pieces on the south side of the gallery that can be slid outwards on cantilevering guide rails to create a canopy over the terrace.

General view of the building: 
Shizuoka , Sizuoka (Shizuoka)
Sizuoka (Shizuoka)
Outer element: