Suimei pavilion in Tokyo

Kazuyo Sejima & Associates 


As part of Pavilion Tokyo 2021, this sinuous installation was set up in the Hama-rikyu Gardens, with water smoothly flowing on a mirrored surface, reflecting the surroundings. Until 5 September the public can visit a series of temporary pavilions scattered around the Japanese capital, located mainly around the National Stadium. They were designed by eight architects and artists, among them Sou Fujimoto, Junya Ishigami, and Tayoi Kusama.

The installation’s name, Suimei, is a Japanese word that describes how clear water gleams in sunlight and moonlight. The water looks still from afar, but at close range the visitor can watch its gentle flow. As Sejima explains, the slow motion of water represents the connection of past, present, and future.