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Ma Yansong / MAD Architects

Periscope. 2018
Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel Renewal Project

Kiyotsukyo Tunnel, one of the must-visit places in Echigo-Tsumari, has been redesigned by MAD Architects who have created a new entrance to refurbish the adjacent facility. The design regards the tunnel as a submarine, insulated from the external environment, and the entrance facility as a periscope overlooking the outside world. This periscope acts as both a reception and cafe space on the ground floor as well as an ashi-yu (foot-bath) on the upper level. Looking up while sitting in the foot-bath, you will see the natural landscape through the periscope above. Is the periscope a window, hole, or mirror? What questions does it ask?

Nakasato area

© Photo: Courtesy of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

Echigo-Tsumari Triennale 2018 - photos

29 July - 17 September 2018, Echigo-Tsumari region, Japan. General Director: Fram Kitagawa. About 360 works by artists, architects, and performers from 44 countries unfolded over 760 square kilometers.

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