Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Annex and Minami-dera Art House Project
Ando 1992 (Annex 1995, Minami-dera Art House Project 1999)
is a small island in Japan’s Inland Sea that is home to local fishermen
as well as a development for the arts.The
Museum and hotel are located on the southern edge of the island on a steep
hillside with interventions extending to the rocky shore line and beach
Museum is intended to be accessed by boat.A stepped plaza along the shoreline functions as the museums
entrance when arriving by boat as well as housing an underground annex.In addition, it also serves as an outdoor performance space as well
as a place to sit and contemplate the quiet surf of the sea and the beauty
of the natural surroundings.
composition of the Museum’s main building consists of three overlapping
cubes and a circle, with a rectangular guest wing attached at an angle to
it.The simple geometrical volumes
of the Museum are built within the hillside so as not to disturb the
beauty of the natural landscape but to become a part of it.
ascend the slope, pass through the entrance of the main building and then
descend into a large underground double height art gallery.The room opens up on one side to form an exterior exhibition space
with concrete walls which frame a view of the sea and the purple and green
colored vegetation of the surrounding hills.On another side of the gallery the space opens up to another
exterior exhibition room.This one
is completely enclosed by concrete walls and is open to and frames the sky
oval shaped hotel Annex is situated higher up the hill above the museum
and is accessed by a cable car or walking paths from the museum.The annex houses several guest rooms for visitors.The entry corridor to these rooms is enclosed in glass which
traverses a stream of flowing water.On
one side there is a view to the sea and the other a view to a water plaza.Connected to this corridor is an oval shaped cut out volume of
which in the center is a pool of still water filled to its edges
reflecting the surrounding volume and the sky above.
visitor can then continue on the other side of the oval volume and either
access the water plaza with a wall of cascading water or ascend further on
top of the green roof to the highest point to view the spectacular beauty
of Naoshima Island and the Inland Sea.
located on Naoshima Island in Naoshima’s residential district of Honmura
is another part to the Museum complex.Art
House Project in Naoshima involves the restoration of old houses and
the transformation of these houses into works of art by artists.The spaces are shaped in conjunction to architecture, previous
inhabitants, and Japanese traditions and aesthetics.Tadao Ando is responsible for the design of one of these “Art
Houses”, Minami-dera, which was built to house the work of artist James
is a new structure that attempts to continue the memory of the temple that
once existed on the same site that was destroyed by fire.The temple is built from dark cedar planks that are found on the
traditional Japanese style houses of the neighborhood.The interior is completely dark causing the visitors to be engulfed
by silence and darkness, as their eyes adjust to the darkness they
encounter Turrell’s Darkside of the Moon.
under construction, across the cove, is another addition to the Naoshima
Contemporary Art Museum complex.A
new museum building, also designed by Tadao Ando, will contain a
Monet water lily painting and installations by James Turrell and Walter De
How to visit
JR Okayama station in Okayama take JR Uno line to Uno Satation.From here walk 2 minutes to Uno Port.Take the Skikoku Kisen Ferry to Naoshima Miyanoura Port.From the port take the Naoshima town bus to Bennesse House:Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum.
visit the Art House Project reservations must be made in advance at the
Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum.
+81 87 892 2030 or fax +81
87 892 2259.
are interesting and affordable facilities to stay in overnight that are
part of the Art Site Naoshima. The Naoshima International Campground at Seaside
Park houses guests in Pao tents where visitors sleep to the sounds of
the ocean in the background.This
experience further enhances the intention of the Art Site Naoshima which
is for “the coexistence of nature, architecture and art”.Reservations can be made (and are recommended) by telephoning the
above number or through the internet site or email.
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