Pavilion Tokyo 2021
Pavilion Tokyo 2021 is a city-wide event taking place in conjunction with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In an event organized by the Tokyo metropolitan government, the Arts Council Tokyo (part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, the executive committee of Pavilion Tokyo 2021, and the Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art, nine temporary pavilions designed by six Japanese architects and two artists have sprung up within a 3-kilometer radius of Kengo Kuma’s New National Stadium.
The New National Stadium
Fujimori designed a teahouse because it represents a 400-year-old Japanese architectural type that is still in use today. He picked the site to contrast it with the New National Stadium, which exemplifies contemporary Japanese design.
Fujimori isn’t your typical architect. He is well-known across the world for his unusual “floating” teahouses situated 6 meters above ground on tree trunks. He constructed a double-height structure at ground level for this event. Visitors must climb a ladder to the higher level of the tearoom, which offers a panoramic view of the stadium.
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The charred cedar and plaster ceilings are basic techniques utilized in ancient Japanese buildings, and the materials and techniques used here are representative of Fujimori’s architecture. Because no one will be permitted into the stadium to watch the Olympics because to the Covid epidemic, sitting in the teahouse may be the best way to get a sense for the mood.
Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room
The artist Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room is located within walking distance of Street Garden Theater. Visitors are allowed to place colorful polka-dots on any item or surface of the room in her all-white installation at Shibuya City Office. Since the 1960s, when the first Tokyo Olympic Games were held, the artist has been working on the Obliteration series of work.
The Cloud Pavilion
The Cloud Pavilion, designed by Sou Fujimoto, is located in Yoyogi Park, which served as the Olympic village during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The balloon construction is shaped like clouds, and it hovers above and links the globe like a vast ceiling.
The Wooden clouds
Junya Ishigami picked as the location for his pavilion a previous entrepreneur’s home, constructed in 1927 and currently known as Kudan House. Kokage-gumo, which translates to “wooden clouds,” is a wooden structure that wraps itself around the house’s garden. Rather of just installing a new pavilion, the architect incorporated it into the landscape by utilizing charred cedar wood to create the impression that it has been there since the house was erected over a century ago. The structure’s voids enable the sun to shine through while blocking the view of the high-rise offices that surround the residence.
Daito Manabe + Rhizomatiks
The artist collaboration Daito Manabe + Rhizomatiks presents 2020-2021. Rhizomatiks brought together vast amounts of data that were planned for 2020 but never realized, and allowed artificial intelligence (AI) to visualize accumulated data in an abstract illuminated form, alluding to the fact that this event was originally scheduled for 2020, in time for the Olympics, but was postponed to 2021.
Pavilion Tokyo 2021 was created with the intention of allowing international visitors to the Olympics to explore the city’s various cultural features. The ceremony has taken on a new significance now that foreigners are scarce due to Covid-19 limitations. Etsuko Watari, the head of the Pavilion Tokyo 2021 committee, grew up in the neighborhood where the New National Stadium now sits and witnessed firsthand how the 1964 Tokyo Olympics energized the city. We aim to leave a lasting impact on visitors, despite the fact that these pavilions serve no social purpose, she added.