To introduce a decade’s worth of archives to the public – and celebrate its forthcoming 10-year anniversary – the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) asked Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects for a design worthy of its valuable works.

Opened in 2003, YCAM is a creative hub that facilities new works of art in collaboration with talent from around the world. ‘Having served as creative platform for artists for a long time, YCAM is now hoping to receive a wider range of visitors, from citizens of Yamaguchi to people from all over the world, in order to shift away from one-way communication (artist to audience) to multidirectional interactions,’ says Nagasaka. ‘We were asked to design an exhibition space that would highlight their achievements and acknowledge their influential role as an innovator of contemporary art and culture.’

Nagasaka’s solution is a series of three-dimensional ‘speech balloons’ – based on manga - that ‘speak out’ to visitors. The small, graphic structures house mini theatres in which to view video archives.

To see more from Schemata, keep your eyes peeled for Frame #94, due out later this year, where you’ll find an in-depth portrait on the studio.

The YCAM Archives Exhibition will be on display until 16 June 2013 in the foyer of the centre.