Anju, Tokyo

Designed by: kooo architects
For client: CULEN Inc Floor area: 21.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Innovation Award

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© Keishin Horikoshi / SS

The disaster prevention hoods, with the combination of softness and strength, are linked together.

About the Project

Kooo architects created an installation dome called `An ju`, collaborating with the artist Mr Katori Shingo at the art gallery in Tokyo. They looked at the climate for constructing architecture in Japan, and decided to raise social awareness of the destructive power of earthquakes. Using approximately 336 disaster hoods to create a 5.3m diameter, 3.1m height semicircle spherical lightweight dome by connecting them together by a zipper. Their design embodies the color and texture of the artist's pictures range while reminding the public of the prevalence of natural disasters.

What’s unique about it

One by one small, weak and gentle objects gathered and linked together to become a strong space.
Nowadays, those chunky buildings in the world always bring us sense of heaviness and it cannot be changed easily once built.
People’s lifestyle change day by day. However, there is no any flexibility for the container that supports human’s living.
What if the future buildings’ size and shape could be changed and built by people
themselves according to their situation? It can allow people to adapt. The component of An ju uses small and soft materials instead of heavy and large materials. Building architecture through the use of light materials to carefully protect people from the outside environment like a cloth gently wraps a human.
The idea of An ju is coming from headscarf "soft cloth guarding". It is not a material which is as hard as brick, it is transmutative. It shaped the headscarf into layers of beautiful and regular form by using soft and flexible materials, and each layer of headscarf is changed regularly.
By putting artist Mr Katori Shingo's paintings into this hood, the interior space becomes a space which is enveloped by the artist's worldview. Its appearance, wearing a unique color, is architectural and innovative solid art.

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The semi-opaque material allows light to filter through, creating a multi-colored external.

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The printed pattern on the hoods are designed to have the artist’s multi-colored design style.

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The printed graphics on the hoods replicate the artist’s signature art patterns.

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The hoods underneath support the weight from above, increasing thickness and density of each unit.

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Entrance of the dome.

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Process diagram of the lightweight structure construction.

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The connecting part is a zipper, can be easily self-built with simple and convenient workability.

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BREATHAIR (soft,highly rebound cushion material) to connect the hoods with zippers and eyelets.

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© Keishin Horikoshi / SS

These hoods in Japan are common used to protect people's heads from debris in earthquackes.

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Credits:
kooo architects

Shingo Katori

Nouvelle Vague

Ejiri Structural Engineers

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