Located in a small town of Shiogama, Japan, with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Atelier Hitoshi Abe designed a private art museum intended to permanently display eight sculptures owned by the client.
Rather than a white cube able to accommodate any type of exhibition, they aimed to design a unique landscape, and specific places for exhibiting each of the sculptures.
Within the predetermined 10×12x10 meter volume, the architecture was given form by creating the eight spaces as if inflating them like soap bubbles. This form is defined by balancing the conditions that give rise to the boundary surfaces of each cell, which are formed by the internal pressures of the small spaces within the large space of the entire building.
Visitors may experience the eight sculptures while moving around the cells.