Japan’s TeamLab readies a renewed digital museum in the Tokyo mega-complex. Tokyo’s newest megaproject will have an immersive museum as its cultural center, and construction crews and digital artists are working feverishly to put it together in a basement maze beneath the country’s highest tower.
The global artistic collective teamLab broke the Guinness World Record in 2019 when over 2 million people visited their Borderless Museum on Odaiba Island in Tokyo Bay. The name alludes to a collection of interconnected digital artworks that let visitors explore at their leisure.
Before the site’s reconstruction by renowned Japanese developer Mori Building, the attraction closed last year. In February, the Mori-owned Azabudai Hills complex in the heart of Tokyo will reopen.
In an interview on Friday, teamLab founder Toshiyuki Inoko stated, “What’s really important to us is being able to create this kind of large space in which we can exhibit.”
The move is a component of Mori’s plan to incorporate cultural landmarks into residential and commercial complexes. The 330-meter (1,082-foot) Mori JP Tower is scheduled to open next week, and there are several other buildings under construction, including residential towers, retail arcades, schools, and medical facilities.
The new borderless facility is almost finished. Two of its features are “Flowers and People,” a computer-generated image of petals flowering and falling, and “Bubble Universe,” a mirrored chamber with bulbs that seem to go on forever.
TeamLab is well-known worldwide for its interactive and experimental set pieces that combine the senses of sight and sound. Digital art was combined with a sauna experience in previous Tokyo ventures, and a laser light show complemented a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot.”
“We as a team want to create something that makes people feel that the continuity itself is something beautiful,” Inoko stated.