As soon as you step through the doors of the Mori Art Museum on your way to see “Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of its Transformation,” the smell of kishū hinoki (Japanese cypress) — used for the grid frame installation “Kigumi Infinity, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015” by Atsushi Kitagawara — beckons you to pick up the pace and hurry inside.

Behind this gate-like wooden installation, you’ll find amazing examples of traditional wooden structures, such as scaled-down versions of Todaiji temple’s Nandaimon gate and Toshogu shrine’s Goju no To (five-story pagoda), displayed together with contemporary architecture they inspired, such as Arata Isozaki’s “City in the Air: Shibuya Project”(1962) and the Tokyo Skytree (Nikken Sekkei, 2012).

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