ryue nishizawa has created a destination for contemplation and relaxation in kagawa, japan. set amongst the trees in a residential region of the city, ‘fukita pavilion’ offers a place for local residents to pause from their day and feel an instant and intimate connection with the natural environment.

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
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two gently sweeping curved planes form a sheltered internal volume, which provides a raised seating area through a crescent shaped bench. a single tree rises through the design, puncturing the floor and roof surfaces, further establishing the project’s close relationship with nature. the planes are delicately joined at each of the structure’s four corners, evoking a sense of weightlessness integral to the pavilion’s composition.

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
two gently sweeping planes form an sheltered internal volume

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
a crescent shaped bench provides a seating area inside

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
visitors are encouraged to take off their shoes and relax within the newly formed space

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
a single tree rises through the structure, puncturing the floor and roof planes

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
the tree further establishes the project’s intimate connection with the natural environment

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
the planes are delicately joined at each of the structure’s four corners

ryue nishizawa places fukita pavilion amongst the trees
the pavilion is set among the trees in a residential area of the city