One of a kind architecture museum opens in Japan

A museum dedicated to architecture models has opened in Japan.

According to it’s website, the Archi-Depot Museum is the only museum in Japan dedicated to preserving and exhibiting architectural models.

Dezeen reports that industrial shelving units fill the museums warehouse space, creating 116 display surfaces for building models. Architectural studios pay to rent the shelves, offering them an alternative to storing them in cramped offices.

“Most architects have a store room full of lovely models that no one gets to see. But the situation is worse in offices in Japan, where space is really at a premium,” said Mark Dytham, the co-founder of Klein Dytham Architecture to dezeen. “You rent a set of tall shelves, display your models on the lower shelves, and store the boxes and cases on the upper shelves. Hey presto, an instant architectural model museum with works by most of Japan’s leading architects.”

Klein Dytham Architecture’s work is on display along with the likes of Torafu Architects, Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto. [dezeen]