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Construction and Attitude: SIMOSE | Shigeru Ban Architects

Shigeru Ban Architects

written by
Ban Shigeru
photographed by
Hirai Hiroyuki
materials provided by
Shigeru Ban Architects
edited by
Bang Yukyung

SPACE July 2024 (No. 680) 



SIMOSE French Restaurant

Architecture at one with the Scenery

SIMOSE is a complex consisting of the Simose Art Museum as the centrepiece, accompanied by the SIMOSE Art Garden Villa (10 accommodation buildings) and a restaurant, on a 4.6 ha site facing the Seto Inland Sea in Hiroshima. The client, who operates a building materials company in Hiroshima, commissioned the design of a private museum to showcase paintings, crafts, and other works collected over two generations, and the design was carried out on a 4,500m2 site next to the company’s headquarters in the industrial complex in the city. However, it had to be redesigned as the site was relocated to its current location due to a district planning issue over the construction of a fee-based museum. The new site is ten times bigger than the original one, and I proposed to the client that the museum should be an auberge (a suburban complex with restaurant and accommodations) rather than just a museum, which resulted in the current settings.




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Shigeru Ban Architects (Ban Shigeru)

Design team

Sugai Keita (partner), Yamauchi Akihiro, Nakamur


Otake City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan


museum (SIMOSE Art Museum), restaurant (SIMOSE

Site area

46,412.74m² (overall)

Building area

6,228.92m² (overall) / SIMOSE Art Museum (AM) 

Gross floor area

7,412.9m² (overall) / AM – 5,946.01m² / FR

Building scope

AM – B1, 2F / FR – B1, 1F / VR –




AM – 9.05m / FR – 4.35m / VR –

Building to land ratio



AM – timber & steel hybrid structure (Entran

Exterior finishing

AM – asphalt waterproofing, glass, ALPOLIC b

Interior finishing

AM – epoxy resin coating, urethane dust-proo

Structural engineer

AM, FR, AV & VR – KAP / AV (6 – 10) &#

Mechanical and electrical engineer

P.T. Morimura & Associates, Ltd.


AM, FR – Kajima Corporation / AV, VR –

Design period

AM – Sep. 2019 – Apr. 2021 / FR ̵

Construction period

AM – May 2021 – Jan. 2023 FR – M


Marui Sangyo Co., Ltd.

Landscape architect


Signage design

Nippon Design Center, Inc., Hara Kenya Design Inst

Ban Shigeru
Ban Shigeru studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) from 1977 to 1980 and graduated from the Cooper Union in 1984. He founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985 and became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. He established the NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in the same year to support disaster relief. He receive Recipient of Le Grade de Commandeur for L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2014), Pritzker Architecture Prize (2014), Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, Japan (2017) and Mother Teresa Social Justice Award (2017).