Teshima Art Museum

Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: © Iwan Baan

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.

Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: © Iwan Baan

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.

Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: © Iwan Baan

Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: © Iwan Baan
Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: © Iwan Baan
Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Ken'ichi Suzuki
Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Noboru Morikawa
Ryue Nishizawa · Teshima Art Museum
Photo: Ken'ichi Suzuki
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