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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

A Rich Cultural History Combined with a Refined Design Aesthetic at this Modern Luxe Hotel

FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

British Artist Luke Jerram’s Explores The Vastness of Our Earth

Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

Local and Luxurious, A Melbourne Boutique Hotel That Gets It Right

Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

NORM Architects Creates A Light-Filled Glasshouse For The Michelin-Starred Restaurant

JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

In The Quiet Backstreets Of Kyoto's South Higashiya, Find A Master Craftsman

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

KABIRA & KANGRI

The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection

The National Museum Of Western Art

Tokyo's Iconic Museum Designed By Le Corbusier

June, 2017
The National Museum of Western Art © Ala Champ 2018

As Japan’s only museum dedicated to Western art, The National Museum of Western Art was initially founded by Kawasaki shipping magnate and industrialist Matsukata Kojiro in the early 1900’s. Dedicated to showcasing Western thought and art, the museum presents 15th-century icons to works by Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock.

Designed in 1959 by Le Corbusier, the building itself is a cultural icon and was recently listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park surrounded by various other institutions and universities, the museum’s pre-cast concrete rectangular structure stands robustly on tubular columns providing a stark distinction from the various galleries nearby. The Modernist structure reflects Le Corbusier’s key architectural formulas and grid structures, with additional detailing and construction supervision from three local Japanese architects and his apprentices at the time, Kunio Maekawa, Junzo Sakakura and Takamasa Yoshizaka, who later grew to become pivotal Japanese architects in their own right.

The National Museum of Western Art © Ala Champ 2018

The National Museum Of Western Art
7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku 
Tokyo 

The National Museum of Western Art © Ala Champ 2018
June, 2017