Kurokawa Art Center
by C.B. Liddell
According to architect Kisho Kurokawa, the new National Art Center Tokyo is a perfect expression of his philosophy of symbiosis. Rather than trying to iron out irregularities and resolve contradictions into what he calls a "dull, flat harmony," his distinctly non-Western idea seeks to apply conflicts and tensions in positive ways to achieve interesting and energizing effects.
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
"One of my intentions with the design was to be fuzzy," Kurokawa explains. "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."
The fuzziness Kurokawa talks about can be seen in the wavy line of the art center's facade. He has created a melodious surface that is, like waves or hills, harmonious but never repetitive. This surface provides the perfect backdrop to a small section of park that has been preserved from the original site.
Discuss this article in the Architecture Forum...
National Art Center Tokyo, by Kisho Kurokawa.
Photo: Courtesy Kisho Kurokawa
NACT Main Entrance.
Photo: C.B. Liddell
Click on thumbnail images
to view full-size pictures.