Tenri Cultural Institute

Tenri Cultural Institute is part of a worldwide network of non-profit organizations sponsored by Tenrikyo Headquarters in Tenri, Japan with the goal of promoting the study of Japanese language and culture, the appreciation of international art forms, and an active cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.

The Institute is comprised of the Tenri School of Japanese Language and the Tenri Gallery.  The gallery is used for both public exhibitions and performances and serves as an informal lounge for students to study and socialize before and after classes. Offices and classrooms are separated from the gallery with large surfaces of translucent and transparent glass panels which choreograph views between the adjacent spaces. A large curtain can enclose part of the gallery and provide acoustical control for musical performances.


New York, NY


Tenri Cultural Institute, Michael Yuge, Reverend Okui




5,000 sqft

MFA Design Team

Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, Scott Paterson, Todd Rouhe, Jake Nishimura

Consulting Engineer

Norfast Consulting

General Contractor

Up-Rite Construction

Steel Fabricator

Product & Design


American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum


Gregory Goode Photography