tadao ando designs a new gallery for Japanese art


Benesse art venue naoshima – the large-scale art project covering three Japanese islands – will see a new one gallery designed by tado walk opens in March 2022. ‘Valley Gallery’ is located on the island of naoshima and is the ninth building by the pritzker award-winning architect of the initiative.

Valley Gallery will open next year with the ‘hiroshi sugimoto gallery time corridor’, an expanded exhibition space for hiroshi sugimoto‘s works at Benesse House Park. the inauguration of these two new galleries marks 30 years since the opening of the Benesse Art Museum, which was the first facility at the Benesse Art Site Naoshima and was also designed by Tadao Ando.

tadao ando designs trapezoidal gallery for Japanese art
image of katsuyoshi yano

as the name illustrates, the new gallery is located in a valley surrounded by mountains on three sides. it is located between Benesse House and Chichu Art Museum and faces lee ufan museum. based on the image of a shrine, tadao andos’ design is composed of a trapezoidal floor plan topped with an angular roof, which cracks to create a semi-outdoor space. the architecture also features Ando’s signature use of concrete. the development of the valley gallery includes landscaping of the surrounding outdoor space to connect the other museum facilities that are scattered in nature.

inside and outside the building, yayoi kusama’s ‘narcissus garden’ has been exhibited on a large scale and tsuyoshi ozawas ‘slag buddha 88-toyoshima’s industrial waste treated slag’ has been permanently exhibited next to the pond since 2006. the 88 buddhas will also be partially modified so visitors can experience the resonance of nature, architecture and art deeper.

tadao ando designs trapezoidal gallery for Japanese art
image of katsuyoshi yano

a space as strong as a crystal SIER TADAO ANDO

‘The project started by confirming the site with soichiro fukutake and others. so we decided on a beautiful place surrounded by a slope covered with azaleas in early spring, in a corner of the valley leading to kuraura, where lee ufan museum is located, ‘ said tadao ando about the new gallery.

He continued, ‘The building has a trapezoidal plan that opens 30 degrees depending on the terrain. the double-layered building with concrete walls is clad with a 12 mm thick steel roof. the iron plate has openings made by geometric operations such as displacement and cutting, and the natural breathing such as rain, wind and light is taken into the interior of the building as it is. I wanted to create a space as strong as a crystal, even if it’s small. ‘

tadao ando designs trapezoidal gallery for Japanese art
image of shintaro miyawaki

project info:

name: dal gallery

Location: Benesse Art Page Naoshima, Japan

architecture: tadao ando architect & associates

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