TOKYO – Amid the trees of Kinuta Park in Tokyo’s Setagaya district sits the Setagaya Museum of Art, a structure that creatively maximizes the effects of circles, triangles and squares to present itself as a work of art. unique art in itself.
Designed by architect Shozo Uchii, the two-story reinforced concrete building with a basement was completed in 1985. When I visited, I was greeted by a comfortable breeze and the sound of rustling leaves.
Upon entering the establishment, a slightly curved glass ceiling covering the lobby appears. The staircase, which, seen from above, is designed to recall a circular undulation, expresses movement in tranquility.
The corridor connecting the main building and the adjoining restaurant is a space where visitors can enjoy designs of various shapes. Along the wall are wave-themed benches, where they can sit and relax, enjoying the view of a row of inverted triangular columns in the foreground and the park in the background.
Exterior walls are covered in square tiles — a mix of flat and downright bumpy tiles — the bumps giving accents to walls that might otherwise be monotonous.
Not only can visitors appreciate the art of the museum, but they are also treated to a fine blend of architectural beauty.
(Japanese original by Akihiro Ogomori, Photo and Video Center)
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The Japanese version of this article was originally published on May 15, 2022.
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