Mar 1, 2010

Somewhere over the proverbial...

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's Rainbow Church will be installed at the MUSEUM.beyond museum in Seoul later this year. Given that it is all in Korean, the museum's site is rather tricky to navigate, so the best source of information is Yoshioka's personal site. He describes his inspiration for the Rainbow Church thus:

"I visited the Chapelle du Rosaire, which Henri Matisse, a French painter, created in his last years. I was engrossed in the beauty of the light that the chapel created. I experienced a space filled with the light of Matisse: being bathed in the sunlight of Provence, the stained glass with Matisse's vibrant colours suffused the room. Since then, I had been dreaming of designing an architecture where people can feel the light with all senses."

The Rainbow Church will centre around an eight metre high class panel made up of 500 prisms, fragmenting the light which filters through the pane into fingers of colour. A-mazing. Now, if only I could find some concrete information on the museum!

Image credit: Tokujin Yoshioka's site, via dezeen and cubeme

NB: Design magazine DEZEEN has an entire section devoted to Yoshioka's other projects. Well worth a look.

1 comment:

zxw said...

There are some very fascinating design for new churches popping up in recent years - a modern touch to seek divination. Can't help but to wonder if it is a way to attract more people to the religion. Wonderful designs and architecture, nonetheless!

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