Kengo Kuma’s ‘Kiki’s Museum of Literature’ set to open soon in Tokyo

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Renowned architect Kengo Kuma has recently announced that the highly anticipated Edogawa City Eiko Kadono Museum of Children’s Literature, also known as the ‘Kiki’s Museum of Literature,’ will officially open its doors to the public on November 3rd, 2023. As the completion of the project draws near, new captivating images have been released, showcasing the village-like structure and its whimsical interiors.

Located atop a hill in Edogawa City, Tokyo, the museum, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, pays tribute to the acclaimed author Eiko Kadono. The building, adorned with pink and white playful geometries, overlooks the scenic Nagisa Park. Anticipating its grand opening in the summer of 2023, the design team aims to invite visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Eiko Kadono. The celebrated author is known for her novel ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service,’ which later inspired the renowned Studio Ghibli’s film adaptation, directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1989.

Drawing inspiration from the captivating worlds depicted in Eiko Kadono’s fictional works, Kengo Kuma and Associates have meticulously designed the museum to emulate the atmosphere of the fictional town portrayed in the author’s best-selling novel. The architectural concept revolves around the idea of small units, resembling the quaint houses often found in Kadono’s stories. These clusters of small boxes will gracefully cascade along the gentle slope of the hill, harmoniously blending with the surrounding landscape. To further enhance the whimsical atmosphere, the museum will feature wide, projecting roofs that resemble blooming flowers.

For avid fans and those curious about the progress of the project, regular updates can be found on the museum’s official Instagram account.

Immersing visitors in the world of Eiko Kadono, the museum aims to honor the esteemed author’s literary contributions. Additionally, the museum will boast a third-floor café, offering visitors a scenic view overlooking the Old Edogawa River.

As the opening date approaches, excitement continues to build for the grand unveiling of the Edogawa City Eiko Kadono Museum of Children’s Literature. With its captivating design and dedication to celebrating the enchanting works of Eiko Kadono, the museum is poised to become a must-visit destination for literature enthusiasts of all ages.

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