Nendo & Ryue Nishizawa, Roof and Mushrooms Pavilion, Kyoto

Kazuyo Sejima,

University, Sport & Wellness, Pavilions,




Architect Ryue Nishizawa and designer Nendo have created a little pavilion on Kyoto University campus.

Nendo & Ryue Nishizawa, Roof and Mushrooms Pavilion, Kyoto

Roof and Mushrooms is the name of a little pavilion created by the partnership between well-known design studio Nendo and architect Ryue Nishizawa of studio SANAA, winner of the 2010 Pritzker Prize along with Kazuyo Sejima.

The wooden pavilion was designed for Kyoto University of Art and Design with a winding shape like a mountain path along the hillside. The roof is supported by narrow wooden pillars anchored to the ground or to the stairs, following the shape of the hill and recalling the hilly landscape around Kyoto.

Underneath the pavilion and in its immediate vicinity the architects have distributed a series of chairs made out of curved steel tubes. Chairs of different sizes are arranged in groups like mushrooms growing spontaneously in the shade of the trees. The site will be completed with planting of fragrant Japanese plum trees.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Design: Nendo & Ryue Nishizawa
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Images courtesy of Nendo & Ryue Nishizawa



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