Asian Architecture Now: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates and Chichu Art Museum | News | Architonic

Within the last thirty years, the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan has moved away from its industrial roots to become a Mecca for art. It hosts an outstanding collection of artwork and architectural structures, including the Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. The aim of the museum is to harmoniously blend art and architecture; it was built to permanently exhibit works by Claude Monet, Walter de Maria and James Turrell. Mr Ando, a Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner explains, “I had been consistent in the policy to bury structures in order not to damage the landscape. As for Chichu Art Museum, I advanced the policy by leaving the salt terrace unaltered and planning the whole structure to be built underground.” The building is invisible, hidden away underground, but perfectly designed to play with light and darkness. The concrete structure and its sharp geometry generate a series of voids that are the only elements visible from th… continue


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