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The Mainichi Japan’s National Daily Since 1922
(Mainichi Japan)
Japanese version
TOKYO — Resting among the trees at Kinuta Park in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward is the Setagaya Art Museum, a structure that creatively maximizes the effects of circles, triangles and squares to stand as a unique work of art itself.
Designed by architect Shozo Uchii, the two-storied, reinforced concrete building with a basement was completed in 1985. When I visited, I was welcomed by a comfortable breeze and the sound of rustling leaves.
Upon entering the facility, a gently curved glass ceiling covering the hall comes into view. The stairway, which when seen from above is designed to be reminiscent of a circular ripple, expresses movement within tranquility.
The corridor connecting the main building and the attached restaurant is a space where visitors can enjoy designs of various shapes. Along the wall are benches themed on waves, where they can sit and relax, enjoying views of a row of inverted triangular columns in the foreground and the park in the background.
The exterior walls are covered with square tiles — a mixture of flat and squarely dented ones — with the dents giving accents to the walls that could otherwise be monotonous.
Not only are visitors able to appreciate museum’s art, they are also treated to a fine mixture 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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