We went to see the exhibition “Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan” curated by Taro Igarashi at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama. Some really inspiring houses we wished we could see the real life versions of.
With less art, Teshima feels more as it is. You can enjoy the rustic atmosphere of the countryside.
You can imagine people casually dining on platforms under this low sweeping roof made of timber shingles held together with appropriate casualness by wires and pipes.
Cultivated rice fields: the locals are proud that they still produce their own rice.
Nishizawa’s amazing museum:
he draws you to walk along a simple narrow concrete path through near views of green terraces the closeness of trees and expansive views of the sea before coming into one single large varying water – droplet shaped volume where walls and roof are one same smooth seamless as it is concrete as the path you have treaded on in order to not distract from what is at hand : the freedom for human bodies to move around experience be with be a part of the art work – magnified sounds and sight of delicate water drops joining breaking flowing into tiny holes interjected by occasional cries of birds and breeze in trees and muffled human sounds. This total experience is the architecture. A truly magnificent work that shows you how to enjoy this island as it is.