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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

AICHI 2004

This expansion and renewal plan for the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which is jointly operated by 13 Toyota Group companies, was carried out as the work commemorating the building's 10th anniversary. This brick building, which was originally a plant founded in 1911, is now being reused as a museum, where people can see changes in industry and technology through the history of the textile and car industries, the two large industries which have supported Japan.
With regard to the expansion work, while following the concept when the museum was founded, "contributing to society while preserving a building highly-appraised from the points of view of both industrial archaeology and architectural history," continuation has been made of the form of the "previous Toyoda Boshoku Corporation Head Office Plant" by using a sawtooth roof and existing brick walls, preserving the image of a "place" after the Taisho Period.
In the "Textile Machinery Pavilion," where a Taisho Period plant bristled with wooden columns is being reused, and the "Automobile Pavilion," a large space with the motif of the rationality of modern factories, people can come in contact with manufacturing while experiencing actual-size exhibits. Also, in order to pass on the "spirit of research and creation" to future generations, part of an early Showa Period wooden factory has been moved inside the building, recreating the research of Kiichiro Toyoda during the dawn of the automotive industry. This is a facility where space, materials, technology and thoughts spanning over 100 years can be felt without interruption.

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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Location 4-1-35 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Design & Construction Takenaka Corporation
Structure Steel-framed reinforced concrete
Number of floors 2 fl. above ground
Total floor area 6,814 m²
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