Friday, June 25, 2010

Oyamazaki Museum

Oyamazaki Museum is a former Kyōto villa converted into a museum. The architectural style of the main building, which was completed in 1932, is primarily Tudor Gothic. Architect Tadao Ando designed the dramatic corridor seen here that connects the villa with the underground gallery which he named "the underground jewelry box." This new addition is as much a part of the landscape as it is an exhibition space. In order to avoid overwhelming the existing villa, the tranquil concrete geometric lines of the hall and the cylindrical gallery itself are half buried underground and set close to the existing building so that from the exterior they read more as elements strategically placed to complement the landscape rather set against it. Water-lilies by Claude Monet are exhibited in the annex complimented by the Monet style gardens that surround the building. There is also a circular-shaped skylight which further complements the paintings with natural light that continuously changes and reinvents the paintings.

5-3 Zenihara, Oyamazaki-cho,
Otokuni-gun, Kyoto-fu, 618-0071

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