The Koishikawa Annex,
the University Museum, the University of Tokyo
Architectonica trochlearis (Hinds,1844)
The Koishikawa Annex of the University Museum at the University of Tokyo is a museum facility that makes use of the architecture of the main building of the former Tokyo Medical School, which is a designated Important Cultural Property. Since its opening in 2001, the museum has used the academic specimens that had accumulated in the university to hold various events including permanent exhibits, special exhibits, and experimental exhibits. In December 2013, it was reborn as an architectural museum. The museum building is the oldest extant school building at the University of Tokyo, and the structure itself is a valuable example of pseudo Western-style architecture from the early Meiji Period.
The ARCHITECTONICA permanent exhibit will now be available to the public within this extraordinary architectural space. The intention of the exhibit is to expand the concept of architecture through the use of academic resources. From the world of miniaturized models to that of life-sized spaces around the body, and from the world of modeled architectural materials to that of collected ethnological materials, the Koishikawa Annex will embrace the varied worlds that exist within the concept of architecture. Our aim is to organize the principles that structure objects and integrate various phenomena under the umbrella term of "architecture," and to use this higher-order perspective to tie together the natural and artificial, as well as science and art, within the walls of our institution. The actual exhibits are divided into six themes: architectural models, the historical buildings of the University of Tokyo, the diversity of natural forms, spatial specimens, world architecture, and body space. We hope that for those who seek architecture of all the universe, this museum will evoke the creation of new ideas and forms.
The University Museum, the University of Tokyo
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