Kisho Kurokawa, Tokyo

Stone type

Deer Isle

The Van Gogh Museum, keeper of the great works of the renowned painter.

The museum is sited in the area called Museumplein and is consisting of two interconnected buildings: the main building, work by Gerrit Rietveld, opened in 1973 whilst the additional oval shaped building was built at a later time, in 1998, on a design by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.

The Entrance Hall, built in 2015, was designed from a preliminary project by Kurokawa and developed by Hans van Heeswijk Architecten studio.

We contributed to this work of art by creating the typical shape of this structure: the ellipse was obtained by carefully dividing the entire curve into 4 sections, varying the radius of each section whilst keeping the concept of the geometric line continuity. The challenge for us was to make these pieces without having to use computerized numerical control as it did not enable us to achieve the result desired by the architect.

Following the teaching of this great painter, we contributed to the construction of a building that celebrates him.

As he said: “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling” – Vincent Van Gogh