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Time to rest: Meditation Space for Creation

Whether Jun Murata meditates himself before designing houses, we do not know. But we do know that his creations look extremely good. Like the »Meditation Space for Creation« in Beijing, for example.

Text: Marko Knab Photo: Presse 18.11.2020 1 min

Is architecture solidified music? The German philosopher Schelling at least thought so. But why does the »Meditation Space for Creation« made of recycled freight containers look like inner peace rather than heavy metal? Only the architect Jun Murata can answer this question. Because he designed the residential building combined with a gallery for an artist in Beijing. But why a seemingly mundane freight container as accommodation for an artist? »The modest shipping container is perfect for furnishing art galleries: with its long and narrow structure, it is predestined for this purpose, while the industrial look feels at home in the world of contemporary art,« says Murata.

This slogan also applies inside the meditative and minimalist structure. Murata plays with the most natural contrast of all: light. Depending on the time of day, the appearance of the elongated tunnels changes. Between hard shadows and a soft light that fills the corridor, anything is possible. Inside the complex, too, less is more: Murata also uses the standard contrast of black and white. Together with the simple water basins at the end of the corridors, a simple and touching meditative accommodation is created. Sounds tempting? It looks even better.