Observing Light | The National Art Center, Tokyo.

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The National Art Center in Tokyo (2006) was designed by Kisho Kurokawa (1934-2007) who also designed the famous Nakagin Capsule Tower. We visited the National Art Center to observe the interplay of light and shade through the building's unique undulating glass facade. It turned out to be a stunning demonstration of how daylight, material and surfaces can affect spacial experience.

One of my intentions with the design was to be fuzzy. Great art and architecture should be fuzzy. If it is easy to understand, it is functional like a factory. People can say, 'this is the entrance way, this is the exit.' But this is not art. I wanted to create ambiguity and a little bit of confusion. This is what makes people think, or takes them into a maze.”

Kisho Kurokawa