Tadao Ando provides concrete meditation house to South Korean museum

Gentle filters by slim slits within the roof of Area of Gentle, the second meditation house that Japanese architect Tadao Ando has accomplished at Museum SAN in Wonju.

The geometric concrete construction rests on a mound within the southern sculpture backyard of the South Korean museum, which was additionally designed by Pritzker Structure Prize-winner Ando.

Tadao Ando has accomplished Area of Gentle

Full with Ando’s trademark use of concrete, the meditation house is softly illuminated by the cross-shaped opening in its roof, capturing the altering gentle over the course of the day.

The completion of Area of Gentle coincides with the exhibition Youth, which spotlights the work of Ando and is on present to mark the Museum SAN’s tenth anniversary.

Exterior of Space of Light by Tadao Ando
The meditation house is on the grounds of Museum SAN

“With the newly opened Area of Gentle, we as soon as once more invite the viewers to discover the circulation of time by the altering of sunshine, whereas experiencing the extraordinary imaginative and prescient of Tadao Ando all through the exhibition,” mentioned a spokesperson at Museum SAN.

Guests to Area of Gentle are greeted by an extended linear walkway, framed by tall concrete partitions that open into an open, triangular-shaped house.

Aerial view of meditation room at Museum SAN
It’s lit by slim slits in its roof

From right here, they enter the principle sq. meditation house, which is embedded right into a round grassy mound. The stark concrete room is lit solely by the cross-shaped roof opening.

The house was described by Museum SAN as “stoic and inflexible”, supposed to distinction the opposite extra “mild” meditation house that Ando accomplished there in 2019.

Merely named Meditation Corridor, Ando’s first meditation house is a dome-shaped construction embedded into the Stone Backyard on the north facet of the museum.

“The contrasting but complementary two areas hope to attain a brand new dynamic steadiness at Museum SAN,” added the museum’s spokesperson.

Tadao Ando inside the Space of Light at Museum SAN
Area of Gentle is full with Ando’s signature use of concrete

Different current tasks designed by Ando the revamp of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris and He Artwork Museum in Guangdong. He’s at the moment additionally designing the 2023 MPavilion, which can function his signature geometric concrete varieties in addition to a reflective pool inside.

His exhibition Youth, at the moment on present at Museum SAN, is his first in South Korea in 24 years. It has beforehand been on present in cities embrace Tokyo, Paris and Shanghai.

The images is courtesy of Museum SAN.