01. ARK – Tokyo, Japan
Commissioned by a private client, Apollo Architects & Associates designed the ARK house with Noah’s ark in mind. The clients asked for two separate personal quarters and a connection to the outside that wouldn’t compromise their privacy. Two children’s rooms are located above the private studies. A front yard and a courtyard complete the symmetrical layout, allowing light to fill the entire house. “Our intention is to provide a living environment where one can feel the air outside from everywhere in the house,” the architects explain.
02. Light and Shadow Exhibition – Milan, Italy
During Milan Design Week 2016, Italian company Marsotto Edizioni introduced their new marble furniture collection with a symmetrical exhibition, designed by nendo. Since the collection is only available in two colors, the Japanese studio divided the space in two. When entering, visitors found themselves exactly in the middle, with one side all white and the opposite, all black. This mirror-like staging added a powerful, dramatic impact.
03. Parrish Art Museum – Water Mill, New York
For the Parrish Art Museum, Herzog & de Meuron found inspiration in artists’ studios on Long Island, where the museum is located. They created a thoughtful plan that respects and reflects the singular natural beauty and rich artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End. Two parallel galleries are linked by a corridor filled with natural light. The Swiss architects prioritized simple materials and local construction methods for the realization of the project.
04. Church of the Light – Osaka, Japan
The Church of Light won’t be unknown to Tadao Ando’s admirers or architecture enthusiasts. The Japanese master architect’s minimal style is strongly reflected in this iconic building. His use of empty space and light creates a meditative atmosphere, while the lack of superfluous details allows churchgoers to fully focus on spirituality.
Symmetry is deeply engraved within the human mind and understanding of the world. From Ancient Greece to Renaissance France to modern days, the link remains imperturbable and there is no reason to expect that it will be disrupted anytime soon.
Written by Kamila Beyssembaeva
Headline image by Takumi Ota, courtesy of Nendo