Teshima, Japan

Tadanori Yokoo and Yuko Nagayama


Teshima Yokoo House: Tower
Photo © Daici Ano

A combination museum and funeral hall, the Teshima Yokoo House is the latest addition to the collection of art venues being developed on islands in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea under the aegis of the Fukutake Foundation. A collaboration between the 77-year-old artist Tadanori Yokoo and the 38-year-old architect Yuko Nagayama, the museum incorporates three historic wooden houses within Teshima’s Ieura village, plus a vibrant garden created by the artist and a 46-foot-high brick tower designed by the architect. Rimmed with brilliant red rocks, a blue-tiled pond is the garden’s defining feature, while postcards of the world’s waterfalls belonging to the artist line the tower interior. Jet printed onto acrylic, the 9,000 cards reach the 33-foot-high ceiling but, thanks to a mirrored floor, seem to go on forever.