Yu-un House is a project for a private gallery, equipped with a guesthouse and tea ceremony room, located in a quiet residential district in Tokyo.
The building is designed by Tadao Ando using a box-within-a-box concept. The outer layer is a two-story high glass box, which is 20 meters squared in plan and adapted to the shape of the site. Inside, a concrete box is divided by a grid into 25 equal parts. A single diagonal intersects the grid to form a central courtyard.
The work Tile for Yu-un, designed by Olafur Eliasson for the courtyard of Yu-un House, is based on the end section of the quasi brick and used as a hexagonal wall tiling for the inner courtyard. A ceramic platinum glaze covers the surfaces of the handmade tiles, which number more than 7,000. By reflecting the day-light and the color of the sky, the tiles bring the outside environment into the building.
Obayashi Foundation (公益財団法人 大林財団)
Tile for Yu-un: Olafur Eliasson, artist
Yu-un House: Tadao Ando, architect
Ceramic Piece: Petersen Tegl