Museum of architectural miniatures opens in Tokyo

Museum of architectural miniatures opens in tokyo
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Curator Yuta Tokunaga talks about one of the miniature models displayed at Archi-Depot in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, on June 28

A warehouse museum called Archi-Depot, which exhibits about 250 architectural miniature models, recently opened in the Higashi-Shinagawa district in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo.

An architect proposed the museum concept so that as many people as possible can see these kinds of models, which usually end up being stored in warehouses.

A warehouse company offered a section of its facility, which has now opened to the public as a gallery.

It is the nation’s only museum specializing in architectural miniature models.

The museum opened on June 18 on the first floor of the head office of Warehouse Terrada, a company established in 1950.

Shelves line the gallery space, which covers about 450 square meters with a ceiling height of 5.2 meters.

Architects can lease shelf space to store their miniature models. Visitors can walk around between the shelves to look closely at the models, and are allowed to take photos.

Architects make the models by hand when they are creating building designs, using materials such as polystyrene foam and acrylic plates. […]