ryo yamada's floating 'infinite landscape' surrounds mirror water lilies in japanese lake

ryo yamada's floating 'infinite landscape' surrounds mirror water lilies in japanese lake

ryo yamada walks people towards a corridor on a lake

 

On the occasion of the Sapporo Contemporary Art Museum / Architecture Design Exhibition, designer Ryo Yamada installed a floating wooden installation on a lake in Sapporo, Japan. On view from 23 September to 10 October, 2022, the structure dubbed ‘Infinite Landscape / 水・光’ surrounds a cluster of mirror-encrusted ‘water lilies’, forming a contemplative environment. Through this project, the designer seeks to promote the idea that architecture is more than just something that ‘protects and supports the human body’

ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020
wooden corridor floating on a lake in japan

all images courtesy of Ryo Yamada

 

 

long passages and an open floating corridor

 

Ryo Yamada welcomes visitors to the space along a long path leading to the main ‘corridor’ on the lake. Since reducing travel time to destinations has become crucial in modern culture, the trip to the corridor serves as a metaphor for silently reflecting on the recent past. The open squared corridor measures 3.6m (11.8 ft) wide, 4.5m (14.8 ft) long, and 2m (6.5 ft) high. The water in the middle of the corridor is composed of hundreds of delicately arranged mirror ‘water lilies.’ Each lily measures 200mm (7.9 in) across and 200mm (7.9 in) tall and is welded to an iron plate and a steel rod with a diameter of 6mm (0.2 in). As a result, visitors can only see the color of the water and the reflection of the sun rays.

 

The shown interaction between water and sun within the architectural space demonstrates the importance of the two natural components to human survival. As the designer mentions, it is ‘an obvious space filled with just the water and sun, elements we take for granted.’The feel of the corridor changes depending on the weather and time of day, like it does in our daily life. This floating installation on the lake addresses how people are being brought to the vast world that surrounds us every day.

ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020
top view of the installation

ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020
open corridor is a 3.6m (11.8 ft) wide, 4.5m (14.8 ft) length, 2m (6.5 ft) high angled space

ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020
each lily is 200mm (7.9 inch) in diameter and 200mm (7.9 inch) in height

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ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020
the mirror lilies reflect the sun rays onto the wooden walls

ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020
mirror water lilies fill the void in the center of the corridor

ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020

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ryo yamada presents 'infinite landscape' at the sapporo international art festival 2020

 

 

project info:

 

name: Infinite Landscape / 水・光
designer: Ryo Yamada

location: Sapporo, Japan

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: zaha mango | designboom

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