Thursday, November 7, 2013

In Japan, a home converts into a museum, funeral space and crematorium.

On Japan’s Setouchi Islands, which strives to become an artistic and cultural mecca, a house has been renovated into a museum which also offers funeral services and a crematorium.
The museum offers funeral and cremation services.
The museum-house, called the ‘Teshima Yokoo House’, was created in collaboration between architect Yuko Nagayama and young, female artist/graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo. What sets this museum apart from others is that it also offers funeral services and houses a crematorium. Something for the living and for the deceased; hence its’ theme “life and death”.

Tadanori Yokoo’s “life and death” theme are depicted in this museum.

Adopting the theme of life and death, which is fundamental to all of Yokoo’s creations, the architect was inspired by the image of life as one that ‘keeps circulating endlessly’.
One major theme throughout the space is the convergence of art and architecture. Translucent red panels appear throughout the space; at times making it appear is if a whole room is just a painting in itself. The red glass also has the strange effect of making the red rock garden disappear.

Created in the summer of 2013.

The "Teshima Yokoo House", was created in the summer of 2013 by renovating an old private house featuring a stone garden with a pond and a cylindrical tower so that the art spaces seem to expand symbolically to cover the entire site. The eerie effect simultaneously calls to mind thoughts of both life and death. Thanks to the building's use of tinted glass to control light and color, the sunshine, breezes, and natural hues of the island, as well as the artworks themselves, assume a range of different appearances, turning visitors' spatial experience into a series of interconnected collages.

A museum for the living and the deceased.

What makes the museum space so special were its’ efforts to involve the local citizens, most of whom are elderly and will eventually have funeral and cremation services held here. Neighbors were always welcome to observe the construction process and they were even invited to help lay the ceramic tiles in the rock garden. Through a collaborative process, the site became an actual part of the community rather than just a museum; in life and in death, which is not a taboo subject for the Japanese.

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