Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum

by | 08. Aug 2012

Cultural | Feature
naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_1.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

The Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum is located on the southern edge of Naoshima island between a high hill covered with deep woods and a promontory of rugged rocks and beach.

Arriving by sea visitors ascend a long staircase that meets the road leading to the museum from town.  The Museum entrance is at the end of this deliberately drawn-out approach.

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_2.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_3.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_4.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_5.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_6.jpg

Photo: arcspace

Ando’s customary restraint in his selection of materials, and preference for simple forms, blends with the surrounding land and seascape. The composition of the museum main building’s plan consists of three overlapping cubes and a circle, with the rectangular guest wing attached at an angle to it. Nature and geometry are expertly united resulting in a serene and tranquil architecture.

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_7.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_8.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_9.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

The central, double height cylindrical space receives daylight from a conical skylight. The main galleries are placed around the central space. Guest rooms, a restaurant and a large terrace overlook the sea.

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_10.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_11.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_12.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_13.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_14.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_15.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_16.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

The hotel Annex is situated on the highest hill of the entire area. The access from the museum below is by specially built cable car. The Annex hotel rooms form an elliptical building surrounding a similarly elliptical inner courtyard.

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_17.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_18.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_19.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_20.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

naoshima_contemporary_art_museum_21.jpg

Photo: arcspace

 

INFORMATION

CITY Naoshima Island
COUNTRY Japan
CONSTRUCTION YEAR 1992

CLIENT

CONTRACTOR

PUBLISHER