Saturday, July 31, 2010

Naoshima Ferry Terminal - SANNAA 2003 to 2006 - Kagawa, Japan

Joseph and Lucy were luck enough to go to this terminal while visiting japan in 2008. It is the gateway to Naoshima Island and art precinct that is home to significant traditional japanese inspired modern and Tado Ando architectural marvels, most famously the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum and the Chicheo Museum. Both these focus on concrete & glass / cave & light.

This ferry terminal is significant because while serving a set function it is an enabling space facilitating free programing when not in use. Furthermore, the structure is allusive, columns are slender and minimal and where required to be larger are incased in mirror; reflecting the surroundings. This details along with the thin quality of the roof suggests a sublime invisibility and defiance of conventional structure.

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