12 Jan 2011

Mutsukawa Day-Care Center

Mutsukawa Day-Care Center, SANAA, 2000. In 90s Japanese minimalism showed more color and less reduction. However the plans were simpler and more box like. Of course this a simplification.
SANAAs leading architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were awarded the 2010 Pritzker Prize. Junya Ishigami behind the KAIT Workshop worked with SANAA between 2000 and 2004.

Toys in one corner, the room packed away to the side. Like a traditional Japanese house but without the storage space to hide it away.
Japanese white minimalism, over loaded with furniture and a program for taking care of the elderly. And this is what makes this project relevant for me.
A simple box on flat plot in a hilly landscape. By default all plots are assumed flat, more here.
Facade with in different light.
Access Gumyoji station on Keikyu-line.
Other buildings worth seeing includes: Dior Ometosando, Carina Store and much more.

My pictures got published in the following book. Which seems to be a very nice collection of essays.


  1. Thank you for this post. Do you know where I can find more information about the Mutsukawa Day Care Center?

  2. el Croquis - Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa 1995-2000, 1/2000, 99 has good drawings.
    Riba web cat only suggests JA no. 40, 2001 Winter, Mutsukawa day-care centre (Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa & Associates), p. 18-23
    I guess some of the numerous books about Sejima and Nishizawa covers the project but I don't know which.
    Of course it is probably covered better by Shinkenchiku in Japanese but I can't help you there. good luck