Andrew Michler

Smoothly Sculpted Teshima Art Museum Flows Like a Bead of Water

by , 07/22/14
filed under: Architecture, Art, gallery

Modern museum design, Japan contemporary art space, Ryue Nishizawa, Benesse Art Site, Rei Naito Matrix, art installation, design based on elements,green museum, Japan museum,

The recently finished museum is a part of the Benesse Art Site program, which gave us the Inujima Art Project as well as several other modern art spaces on the south-eastern Japanese islands. The project aimed to create more than a building to showcase art installations — it aimed to create an immersive environment where the building and the art become inseparable.

At a mere 25mm thick, the roof has no beams or columns to support it over its 40 by 60 meter span. Like a soap bubble the brilliant engineering allows for a self-supporting structure that belies its mass. The stark white walls and floor further the dimensional shift, allowing light and sound to take over.

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  1. David @ Ogijima July 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I have the chance to live just a boat ride away, and I visited it several times already. As the article alludes to, it’s great to be able to see it under different lights, weather and such.

    It is indeed the most amazing building I have seen.

    (one small correction, it’s not located in the South East, but in the South West, in the Eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea)

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