FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
SUMMER (B) 2016
PROFESSOR: CLAUDIA BUSCH
LOCATION: TOKYO, JAPAN
"The an house, designed by sou fujimoto, is located on a small side street in a very lively, "hip" part of tokyo. Full of eccentric, off-the-wall little shops, this neighborhood's intense social life is associated with a human-scale ambiance made of low houses and mostly pedestrian and bicycle traffic".
The objective of this project is to design a house or artist space for the japanese artist yayoi kusama within an urban dense neighborhood of tokyo. The site is next to the na house. In order to develop design students are asked to research japanese culture and experiences and the use of innovative material and construction technology.
YAYOI KUSAMA RESIDENCE
Yayoi kusama, a famous Japanese artist suffers from schizophrenia disorder. She is 85 years old and is on a wheelchair. When we started looking at her work, we figured here were a lot of repeating patterns: circles that have become her obsession from years on. She creates layers on top of another layer following a certain type of pattern which she thinks will help her cure herself. We started to incorporate the idea of repetition by repeating 1.5 feet module throughout the whole project. With this module many different heights are created. A bed, a place to rest/sit down, counter top spaces and places to navigate. We then started to shift this module in places where she would have schizophrenic events. Representing how a brain is affected when this disorder is in motion. How the brain waves get altered? The project consists of a central elevator that travels through each floor which are very open and spacious.
Project partner: Maria Flores mariafloresarch.com