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Artificial Topography

Kobe , Japan

Ryumei Fujiki

Winner of Grand Prize of Art in Container International Competition in Kobe Biennial 2011 in Japan


Kobe, Japan, 2011-11-04 - Big Furniture Like a Cave. My idea is to hollow out the volume inside a container in order to build amorphous space like a cave. This “Artificial Topography” is made of only plastic material as same as my famous work “Aqua-scape”. About 1000 sheets of the soft plastic material of 10-mm thickness were cut down in contour line form, and were laminated like a stratum. This is not only art work but also one big furniture. Because all the portions are soft like a sofa, and person who enter into this space can relax by finding the place suitable for the form of its own body.

As The Nature-oriented Architecture

I am a great interest in nature especially the system of nature. Two years ago, the exhibition “Aqua-scape: The Nature-oriented Architecture of Ryumei Fujiki” held in England. In the exhibition, a lot of experimental architectural projects that had worked up in the Fujiki Studio of Kogakuin University and the execution works which I had cooperated with Yukiko Sato as F.A.D.S in each category that I obtained the inspiration from nature such as “Solar”, “Air”, ”Water”, ”Ground”, “Crystal”, “Biological”, “Flower”, and “Aurora” were exhibited. Because these aimed to approach “Nature” more closely, it was named “Nature-oriented Architecture”.
And therefore, this “Artificial Topography” is the recent project of the Nature-oriented Architecture as “Ground” category.

Bibliography:
“Aqua-scape: The Nature-oriented Architecture of Rumei Fujiki” (ISBN-13 978-0-9540748-2-1)

Official name of the project: Artificial Topography
Award: Grand Prize of Art in Contenar International Competition in Kobe Biennial 2011
Location: Kobe city, Japan
Client: Kobe Biennial Committee
Architects: Ryumei Fujiki
Design team: Fujiki Studio, KOU::ARC
Kensuke Kawamura
Yoshiki Tachi
Shun Simoya
Kohaku Furihata
Yuki Sakurada
Toshihiko Hatori
Yoshito Fukaya
Yuji Uemura
Yuki Ishigami
Collaborators: Yukiko Sato (F.A.D.S)
Material: Polyolefin firing resin board
Completion Date: 29th Sep. 2011
Photographer: Masahiro Hoshida, Ryumei Fujiki


This project has publication restrictions as follows:
It is necessary for media to obtain Ryumei Fujiki’s permission before publication.

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