The Suntory Museum of Art located in the green-rich section of Tokyo Midtown was designed by the internationally renowned architect, Kengo Kuma. Based on a concept of "Japanese Modernism" combining the traditional and contemporary elements of Japan, its exterior is finished with louvers of a white-porcelain look that adds a sense of transparency to the appearance. The interior toned with wood and Japanese paper gives natural warmth with the soft light often found in traditional Japanese settings, and creates a soothing and inviting atmosphere as a "parlor" of the city, the architect's design goal. The gallery covering the 3rd and 4th floors provides approximately 1,000 m2 exhibition space. The 10m high stairwell is equipped with a lighting control system inspired by an old-fashioned lattice window design known as "musougoushi" and enables the complete blocking of sunlight if an exhibition requires. The building also offers a hall on the 6th floor for lectures and events such as education programs or for receptions; and a tea-ceremony room, "Genchoan , designed to utilize about 70% of the old museum's tea-ceremony room. The museum shop & cafe, can be found on the 3rd floor for a leisurely pastime after a gallery tour. Also, the floor is partially constructed with recycled whiskey casks throughout the museum.