The three-storey building is comprised of four stacked boxes, with concrete walls enclosing outdoor exhibition spaces on the ground floor, and two more boxes on the ground and first floors forming interior galleries.
“In Japan a dinner of rice and fish/meat is called a bento meal. This is not served on a traditional dish, but in a ‘bento box’ designed specifically for the meal. A bento box with individual compartments for different ingredients is available both as a cheap mass-produced product and as an exclusive example of fine craftsmanship. Characteristically to both low-cost and the expensive bento boxes, are the compartments’ mutual relationship, where smaller and bigger spaces supplements each other and together form a tempting frame for the meal.”
“Just like an actual bento box, the Four Boxes Gallery endeavours to present its contents as elegantly as possible by providing a simple structure. The objective was not to design a signature building that craves attention, but rather to provide optimal settings for exhibiting art. And like the best bento boxes, the building is a remarkable and beautiful work of art in its own right, despite the focus on content.”