The pavilion, an initiative of the Art Front Gallery, overlooks the artificial lake in the Kaino River Park at Mount Tokamachi. Respecting thetraditional building rules used in Noh theaters, the building is supported by four pillars spaced at six meters; to access the stage, an initiatory footbridge two meters wide, symbolizes passage from the world of yesterday to the world of today. The roof, composed of large sheets of shiny metal, opens on all four sides, setting up a relationship with the water of the lake, and creating urprising visual effects with the surrounding landscape and the stage. Therefore this profusion of images intensifies the presence of this little structure, implanted in this particular site. This building becomes a meeting place and a place for relaxation when no performances are scheduled. In winter, it folds its “wings” awaiting the return of summer.
client City Tokamachi architect Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris, France + partner Kanetsu Sougou Kikaku Sekkei (Kazuo Watanabe) location Kaino River Park, Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan superficy 86,86 m² beginning of conceptual design February 2005 completion July 2006