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Reclaimed Factory Makes Fascinating Statement on Sustainability

Posted By Andrew Michler On October 27, 2010 @ 6:40 pm In Architecture,Art,Sustainable Building | No Comments

ambuichi Architects, Yukinori Yanagi, Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation, Tadao Ando, Seirensho, green art installation, green retrofit, passive cooling and heating, water reuse, green building Japan, [7]Photo © Daici Ano

Set on its own .21 square mile island, the Museum allows only 50 visitors a day. From afar they can see the six enormous brick smoke stacks in various stages of decay. Only when they arrive can they see the low-slung glass and white stone building. The entire complex is a large passive heating and cooling machine [8] that use the 98 foot tall smoke stack adjacent to gallery to suck air out of the complex. The galleries themselves provide all the heating and cooling.

ambuichi Architects, Yukinori Yanagi, Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation, Tadao Ando, Seirensho, green art installation, green retrofit, passive cooling and heating, water reuse, green building Japan, [9]

Radiating from the center of the complex is an Earth Gallery to one side and a Sun Gallery to the other. The Earth Gallery [10] is a fascinating 262 foot-long embedded earth hall with walls made from 1/2 inch corrugated sheets that absorb the sun’s heat and transfers it to the rest of the building. The turning hall has mirrors at the corners to reflect daylight down its passages. The Sun Gallery and Chimney Hall provide the bulk of solar heating on colder days, and the entire system is controlled by simply opening and closing doors and internal windows.

The project’s water systems are also designed with sustainable principles in mind. Waste water is filtered on-site with a plant-based water purifying system and then used to irrigate orange and olive trees. Reclaimed materials [11] are common throughout the building — blocks discarded from the copper operation and sunk into the sea make up the Sun Gallery and bricks from the crumbling buildings are used extensively, as are clay tiles and even the landscape itself.

ambuichi Architects, Yukinori Yanagi, Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation, Tadao Ando, Seirensho, green art installation, green retrofit, passive cooling and heating, water reuse, green building Japan, [12]Photo © Iwan Baan

The various installations [13] through the galleries by artist Yukinori Yanagi reference the famous writer Mishima Yukio [14]’s treatise on the destructiveness of industrialization to Japan’s culture. Remnants of the novelist’s house are suspended in space, creating a kind of reconstruction of the author’s immediate surroundings engulfed by the surrounding of his subject matter. Taken as a whole, the project is a fascinating look both into the past and the not-so-distant-future.

+ Inujima Art Project [5]

Via Spoon & Tamago [4]


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[3] Yukinori Yanagi: http://www.iniva.org/dare/themes/space/yanagi.html

[4] Spoon & Tamago: http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2009/07/08/inujima-art-project/

[5] Inujima Art Project: http://benesse-artsite.jp/en/inujima/

[6] addition: http://inhabitat.com/?cat=1779

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/27/reclaimed-factory-makes-fascinating-statement-on-sustainability/photo-%c2%a9-daici-ano/

[8] cooling machine: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=natural+cooling

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/27/reclaimed-factory-makes-fascinating-statement-on-sustainability/new-27-8/

[10] Earth Gallery: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=178446

[11] Reclaimed materials: http://inhabitat.com/?cat=7

[12] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/27/reclaimed-factory-makes-fascinating-statement-on-sustainability/photo-%c2%a9-iwan-baan/

[13] installations: http://inhabitat.com/art/

[14] Mishima Yukio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukio_Mishima

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