Teshima Art Museum

This Japanese Museum Has Just a Single Piece of Artwork and it Looks like a Raindrop

Ryue Nishizawa is a Japanese architect based in Tokyo.

This Japanese Museum Has Just a Single Piece of Artwork and it Looks like a Raindrop

Ryue Nishizawa is a Japanese architect based in Tokyo. He is a graduate of the Yokohama National University and also the director of his own firm known as the Office of Ryue Nishizawa.

One of his accomplishments is that he was the youngest person to ever receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is only awarded once a year:

“To honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”

The Teshima Art Museum is located on the Teshima Island in Japan. It was designed by Ryue Nishizawa back in 2010 in the city of Kagawa, Japan.

Teshima-Island,-Japan Museum Architect

The structure is made up of a 25 cm thick concrete shell that has 2 elliptical openings which allow the surrouding trees and the sky to be viewed through.

It was created to resemble a droplet of water and was designed so that it appears to sink down into the earth.

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What’s interesting is that although this museum could be used to show galleries with hundreds of pieces of artwork, it’s actually only home to a single piece of artwork titled “Matrix” or “bokei” 母型 which was created by sculptor Rei Naito.

According to Johnny at Spoon & Tamango, a blog about Japanese artwork,

“The piece, whose title connotes imagery of a motherly figure giving birth to life,  is characterized by moisture from underground water  that seeps up onto the surface. The randomly accumulating droplets of water dance across the floor, as if dictated by their own volition, but actually guided by the wind that enters the structure through 2 oval openings on the ceiling.”

Read more about this design from the architect here.

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