Creating a perfect symbiosis between architecture and nature in a fascinating underground space.
Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi uses a creative, innovative and experimental design approach in his work, keeping nature and architecture in a beautiful and sustainable balance. This relationship also defines The Water. The architect created the spectacular installation for Cisternerne, or The Cisterns, a former water reservoir now transformed into an art exhibition space. Located in Frederiksberg, in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, the underground water reservoir is set right beneath Søndermarken Park. Monumental and magical, the space features impressive columns and arches as well as long passageways. Entirely dark and with a high level of humidity, The Cisterns allowed Hiroshi Sambuichi to unleash his boundless creativity. Danish photographer Rasmus Hjortshøj captured the enthralling exhibition in all its glory in a series of stunning images.
Inspired by a Japanese shrine, the installation featured a central glass volume placed on a bed of moss. With water and light let into the underground space, life thrived. The cascading moss island slowly spread across the space, drinking in the light and the humidity from the air. An immersive experience, the installation guided visitors and encouraged them to walk on water to reach the moss island. As the daylight coming through the top opening was the main source of lighting, the architect carefully adjusted the opening hours so visitors could experience the installation in similar ways, regardless of the time of year.
Glass and mirrors reflected the light and then guided it deeper into the cavernous spaces. Life, water, light, shadow interacted not only with with each other, but also with the existing architecture of the Cisternerne, resulting in a fascinating installation that achieved a perfect symbiosis between organic and built elements. The Water opened on 21 March 2017 and closed on 2 February 2018. Photography by Rasmus Hjortshøj.