About Sompo Museum of ArtConcept

The Sompo Museum of Art is the only art museum in Asia
to house Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece, Sunflowers.

The museum acts as a communicator of arts and culture amongst the busy streets of Shinjuku,
helping to develop a new interest in these fields. It also promotes regional and international exchange,
all while ensuring that it fosters diverse values to create an appealing art museum for all.

The museum’s exterior design features a combination of vertical and curved surfaces
- designed around motifs from its core collection of Seiji Togo’s artworks
- all while maintaining harmony with the existing headquarters building.

Facility Overview

Architectural design TAISEI DESIGN Planners, Architects & Engineers
Exhibition gallery design TANSEISHA Co., Ltd.
Construction Reinforced concrete
Total floor area 3,956 square meters
Floors 6 above ground, 1 basement level

Building

The Sompo Museum of Art features the soft curves designed to match the bell-bottom shape of Sompo Japan’s headquarters and an artistic and sculptural outlook, both of which are the design concepts of the new museum building. These curves have been incorporated in the building’s interior and exterior,creating a unique space.

Building Interior

The building consists of a first-floor entrance hall,second-floor museum shop and rest space, and exhibition galleries spread from the third to fifth floors. Wood has been used in the ceilings and floors of the shop and rest space, creating a space where visitors can enjoy the afterglow of their visit in a comfortable atmosphere.

Exhibition Galleries

The exhibition galleries were built around white tones.A variety of equipment is installed inside of the exhibition galleries which enables various styles of exhibitions.

Initiatives by the Sompo Museum of Art to Address Environmental Issues

The Sompo Museum of Art is contributing to the creation of a resilient and sustainable society, by working to be environmentally aware in its management/operations, and to resolve environmental issues in cooperation with the Sompo Group, so as to leave behind the precious environment of earth for future generations.
(See here for Sompo Holdings’ sustainability initiatives: https://www.sompo-hd.com/en/csr/

[Initiatives in Facilities/Exhibitions]

  • Switching to using electricity from renewable energy sources (electricity generated by a hydroelectric plant that produces no CO2).
  • Installing highly energy saving ventilation systems.
  • Making all lights in the museum LEDs, and installing motion sensors in the lights behind the building.
  • Installing movable partitions in the exhibition rooms.
  • Recycling and efficiently using the temporary walls and exhibition stands, back panels, floor covering veneer, etc.
  • Reducing paper-based printed materials (exhibition posters, pamphlets, etc.)
  • Implementing periodic inspections of pest occurrence, and pest control through cleaning, etc. (reducing the use of chemicals).
  • Discontinuing the use of plastic shopping bags in the museum shop.
  • Discontinuing the use of plastic products in the museum café and using environmentally friendly products.
  • Educating future generations through VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies).

[Initiatives as an organization]

  • Acquiring ISO14001 certification.
  • Ensuring lights are turned off in areas where there are no employees, and only partially use lights before starting work/during overtime hours.
  • Appropriately separating garbage in line with building policies.
  • Ensuring the recycle and reuse of fixtures, etc., and promoting green purchases.
  • Using recycled paper and reducing the amount of paper used.
  • Reducing business trips through using online meeting systems.
  • Collecting and donating old books, etc.