Gallery: Smoothly Sculpted Teshima Art Museum Flows Like a Bead of Wate...

 
Photo © Npboru Morikawa

Like a soap bubble the brilliant engineering allows for a self-supporting structure that belies its mass.

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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