Company:Masakazu Shirane+Saya Miyazaki
Designer(s): Masakazu Shirane
Saya Miyazaki, Japan
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This work was exhibited, from October 1st to December 1st, at Kobe Biennial 2013 in Japan.
This is not only artwork but also a first Zipper Architecture in the world. Our idea is to make a kaleidoscope changing by the movement of a person in the container. Therefore, all of the panels are connected by zippers. And parts of it can be opened and closed like a window.
The most effective way to exhibit the work in a container, relies on assembling, taking apart and moving simply and quickly. Zipper is very effective for that. In addition, a thin and light material was demanded to build the “zipper architecture”.Therefore I referred to origami, which is a traditional game in Japan that can be made both light and strong only by folding. In other words, this polyhedron is built by folding one plane of 15mx8m.
This polyhedron is hanged by a wire that can change form by adjusting the length of it. Although assembling was completed in 4 hours, a problem did not occur at all during the two months of the exhibition.
So far architecture has been “hard, heavy and fixed”, however, the architecture we intend to create for the next generation should be “soft”, light and moving”. This idea, inspired by FUSUMA and SHOJI, can transform spaces size wise and privacy wise, as used in Japanese traditional housing. This work is the third prototype based on this idea. We believe our concept is suitable for the architecture of the 21st century. To achieve it we have to find new technology, Zipper is one of possibility.
About the Designer/Company
1981 Born in TOKYO
2007 Bachelor of fine arts, School of Architecture, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
2008 Worked at CHORA(Raoul Bunschoten), London
2014- Currently student , Architecture, MA Tricontinental Masterâ€™s Degree in Integrated Architectural Projects, Universidad European de Madrid, Madrid/Spain
1981 Born in HOKKAIDO
2011 Exchange Study, School of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
2012 Master of fine arts, School of Architecture, Tokyo University of the Arts
2012- Worked at atelier G&B