Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / nendo + Ryue Nishizawa

Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / nendo + Ryue Nishizawa

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Text description provided by the architects. A small pavilion on the campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design, born from a collaboration between architect Ryue Nishizawa and design office nendo. The location: a steep hill face covered in luxurious vegetation.

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On a clear day, you can almost count the 36 crests of the hills that line Kyoto's eastern edge. The adjacent area is earmarked for a new grove of Japanese plum trees,  and their fragrant early spring blossoms will only add to an already beautiful site. Nishizawa used a single roof to incorporate these elements into the pavilion's design.

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The roof is subtly inclined to follow the angle of the site. Dipping under it, visitors realise that the roof, delightfully and ambiguously, is also a wall. The pavilion's spatial experience is intended to remind visitors of walking in the mountains under thick tree cover. To date, many of Nishizawa's buildings have felt like bright, open and airy fields or gardens, and the furniture inside them like wildflowers that blur the boundary between interior and exterior space while adding brightness and color.

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But for the shady interior of this wooden structure, clinging onto the hillside exposed to the elements, we thought that furniture like fungi would be much more appropriate. Our mushroom-like stools for the space were handmade by artisans to slightly different shapes and sizes, giving a more natural effect. The stools' layout - clustered at the base of pillars, or in the nooks and crannies by stone walls and staircases - evokes the way that mushrooms grow in the wild, and details like a handrail that transforms into a mushroom continue the metaphor. We wanted to design architectural elements that would ‘grow’ naturally from the space, rather than to put furniture in a room.

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Originally published on November 08, 2013

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Address:Kyoto University of Art and Design, 2-116 北白川瓜生山 Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8271, Japan

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Cite: "Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / nendo + Ryue Nishizawa" 18 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/446946/roof-and-mushrooms-pavilion-ryue-nishizawa-nendo> ISSN 0719-8884
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