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Japan 2022Comico Art Museum Yufuin Annex

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Comico Art Museum Yufuin Annex for contemporary art stands along Oita River in Yufuin, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan.
Inspired by satoyama villages, the main building features exterior walls made of yakisugi (charred cedar) and a pitched roof. The gentle horizontality governing the main building is divided by sharp oblique aluminum panels that cut through the order. This diagonal vector connects the garden on the ground to the rooftop garden where we can enjoy the artworks of Yoshitomo Nara, Mariko Mori, and Kohei Nawa. Furthermore, the sharp silhouette of Yufu-dake (Mount Yufu) standing in front of the building carries on the three-dimensional continuity.
By expanding, amplifying, repeating, and reflecting the various oblique elements that make the village in Yufuin, we aimed to draw an auxiliary line of contemporary art between the village and the mountains, and the sky.

Team Hironori Nagai, Shogo Otaka, Yu Watabe, Kyoko Mase, Fumiya Kaneko Construction Morita Kensetsu Cooperation Ove Arup & Partners Japan Ltd. Facility Ove Arup & Partners Japan Ltd. Publication Casa BRUTUS 2022/09 Vol.269 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office