MAD Transforms Japanese Mountain Tunnel By Adding Mirrors, A Spa and A Lake

  • 2018-08-09
  • Dezeen

Architecture studio MAD has created five installations inside the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, a mountain viewpoint in Japan's Niigata Prefecture, including a lake framed by mirrors and a foot bath in a wooden dome.

The intervention consists of five different immersive artworks, each designed to represent an element found in nature: water, wood, earth, metal and fire.

The tunnel extends 750 metres through the Kiyotsu Gorge, which has a reputation for being one of Japan's most impressive chasms. It offers four viewpoints facing the gorge's unusual rock formations, including one that faces right down into the canyon.

MAD describes the installation as bringing "both a lightness and stillness into the once dark, dewy tunnel, invoking a feeling of everlasting solitude".