Building with Sun, Water and Air
Text and photography: Micha van Dinther
It takes our eyes several minutes to adjust to the darkness, feeling our way along a wooden banister deep underneath the Søndermarken park in Copenhagen. It is here, in an underground space called Cisternerne, that internationally acknowledged Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi has created an intriguing exhibition. Cisternerne x Sambuichi is his first major exhibition outside of Japan.
Left, the exhibition is only illuminated by the sun, with clever use of angled mirrors that bring natural light into the underground grotto, and right, on sunny days, when conditions are right, visitors will also be met by a 12 meter shower curtain.
Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi shares his thoughts behind the wondrous water and light installation in this video by Louisiana Channel.
Here, he utilizes light, water and air to bring out the former water reservoir’s true beauty.
By carefully exploring these moving materials for over a year, as to take in the space in all four seasons, the final result is a journey through an underground sea of light and darkness.
The exhibition took us on a tour of the Cisternerne's unique climate via a beautifully constructed walkway made of more than 30 tonnes of imported Japanese cedar and cypress.
The exhibition, which runs until February 2, 2018, vary according to the hours of daylight, opening at sunrise and closing at sunset.
The Cisterns is an integral part of The Frederiksberg Museums, acting as a venue for art exhibitions and other events where the singularity of its architecture and atmosphere remains a core attraction.
Left, Magnus gazes up through one of the vents that supplies light into the former water reservoir, and right, the wooden footbridge found in Søndermarken park.