Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa


Masters of Space 
Ryue Nishizawa 
Kazuyo Sejima and Rei Naito 
Teshima Art Museum 

The smoothly sculpted free flowing Teshima Art Museum was designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa and artist Rei Naito. This new art museum melds architecture, art and the environment. The empty space of the museum, almost completely devoid from any distractions, provides the ultimate sensory experience.  It is the ultimate minimalist space age wonderland.  Located on a hillside overlooking the Seto Inland Sea that surrounds Teshima island. Uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum stands on a hill on the island of Teshima overlooking the Inland Sea. Shaped like a drop of water, the museum lies in a corner of the spacious grounds surrounded by once-fallow rice terraces that have been restored with help from local residents. Structurally, the building consists of a concrete shell, devoid of pillars, coving a space 40 by 60 meters. On the highest ceiling 4.5 meters above, two oval openings allow the air, sounds, and light of the world outside into this organic space where nature and architecture seem intimately interconnected. Inside one finds an ever-flowing fountains and an ambiance that changes from hour to hour and season to season, revealing countless appearances as time passes. The Teshima Art Museum offers a sensory experience of art, architecture and space, not only within the walls of the museum but also while strolling around its pastoral setting, enjoying the abundant natural beauty of Teshima Island.

Image Credits: 
Teshima Art Museum, Noboru Morikawa, Lucia Fontana, moderndesign.org, Ken Lee, Domus, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa.