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The brick warehouses were built as part of Japan’s first cider factories in the Meiji period. They have been integral features of the landscape of Yoshinocho, Hirosaki, from generations to generations. Most of the brick warehouses that once stood in the town known for its harsh winters were demolished after undergoing numerous expansions and renovations over the years. Only two of the buildings still stand on this site today. In 2017, a design competition was held to convert these industrial heritages into a museum for contemporary art. The concept of our proposal was “history needs a future” — this means to preserve the sprits of the existing warehouses so that the history of the site will fuel the creation of new art.

Project team


Architecte: Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane Architects, Paris

Project Manager: Haruki Nakayama

Project Management: Ntt Facilities Inc. + Ntt Facilities Tohoku Inc.

Structure: Obasyashi Corporation + Starts Cam / Yasuhiro Kaneda 

Lighting: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design

Engineer: P.T.Morimura& Associates, Ltd.

Construction: Starts Cam + Obayashi Corporation+Minami Kensetsu Nishimura-Gumi

Project information

Status: Completed

Location: Hirosaki, Japon

Date: 2016-2020

Area: 3079 m²

Client: ​Public

Program: Museum, Café













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