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

Photo © Npboru Morikawa

The stark white walls and floor further the dimensional shift, allowing light and sound to take over.

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.

The seasons obviously have a great influence on the experience — as light changes and water comes and goes, the museum becomes a mirror of the natural elements surrounding it. Two large openings allow the building to breathe and take advantage of natural light. The floor features Rei Naito’s installation Matrix — a play of objects with rainwater and dew collected through the roof.

The approach to the museum takes a winding path through the hillside, which slowly reveals the unique form. A ticket office is built into the hillside and small shop is housed in another bulbous concrete canopy.

+ Teshima Art Museum


Lead Photo © Iwan Baan

Photos © Npboru Morikawa


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1 Comment

  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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