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Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa and Rei Naito

Teshima Art Museum stands on a hill on the island of Teshima overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. The museum, which resembles a water droplet at the moment of landing, is located in the corner of a rice terrace that was restored in collaboration with local residents. Structurally, the building consists of a concrete shell, devoid of pillars, coving a space 40 by 60 meters and with a maximum height of 4.5 meters. Two oval openings in the shell allow wind, sounds, and light of the world outside into this organic space where nature and architecture intimately interconnect. In the interior space, water continuously springs from the ground in a day long motion. This setting, in which nature, art and architecture come together with such limitless harmony, conjures an infinite array of impressions with the passage of seasons and the flow of time. The building is a joint venture between one artist and one architect: Rei Naito & Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), it opened to the public in 2010 | photos by Martin Grossmann and official site | URL: http://benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/teshima-artmuseum.html