Rainbow Church by Tokujin Yoshioka


Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka will exhibit a glass window made of 500 crystal prisms at MUSEUM. beyond museum in Seoul this May.

Called Rainbow Church, the eight metre-high installation will create rainbows within the space as the light is refracted.

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Rainbow Church

The idea of this architecture project "Rainbow Church" dates back to when I was in early 20s.

When I was in France for a business trip, I went to Vence, a commune located near Nice. There, I visited the Chapelle du Rosaire, which Henri Matisse, a French painter, created in his last years. I was engrossed in the beauty of the light that the chapel created.

I experienced a space filled with the light of Matisse: Being bathed in the sunlight of the Provence, the stained glass with Matisse's vibrant colors suffused the room with full of colors. Since then, I had been dreaming of designing an architecture where people can feel the light with all senses.

This dreaming architecture project will be realized as a concept plan at the exhibition held at MUSEUM. beyondmuseum in Seoul from May, 2010. The exhibition is planned to last until the end of June. A 8-meter-high stained glass made with approximately 500 crystal prisms will be filling the space with rainbow colors as the light shines on it.

Posted on Friday February 12th 2010 at 2:00 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

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  • moonimage

    Like in Dan Simmon’s hyperion

  • bibo architect

    Thats really different

  • Damfak

    Awsome!!!!!!!!! Just fantastic!

  • martin

    Blinding! In a nice way hopefully..

  • kolohe

    if i came up with this idea, no one would even pay any attention to it.
    ok, prisms…like nobody’s used them before.

  • coco.reyes

    ys ys …light of Matisse !! full of light

  • joe

    nice one!! really like seeing the sun being properly represented inside a church,, as it is actually one of the most important outside `forces` to our selves and our planet!

  • Capstick

    I love this project. Please, Dezeen, doesn´t forget to show this project to us when becomes real.

  • reamon

    wow, I think GODs love this sexy space.

  • angry catalan

    I don’t like everything Yoshioka does, but I think this is on the good side. Reminds me of that installation he did for a car maker.

  • sara

    genius … brilliant …………………… GREAT

  • Very witty, futuristic & a clever idea, BRAVO!

    François Beydoun

  • mr

    This is beautiful.

  • Marvelous VIBGYORS spectrums
    The real color space capture lively instead in a dialogue box