Junya Ishigami is a highly regarded Japanese architect that mainly focus all his attention on the qualities of space he designs rather than the actual form of the building being dominant. In his designs, he clearly closes the distinct gap between the natural and built nature of homes and buildings which make’s evident to why he was highly regarded by architects around the world. “ Invisible Architecture “ are projects Ishigami completed and challenged himself in creating projects that embodied the main concept of realising that nature is not a banal element nor an object you sell a building by, it’s rather about creating areas that express naturalness which allows an individual’s senses to be awoken allowing me to connect my chosen architect in conjunction with my technique being a cut out paper puzzle of the interiors of invisible architecture, furthermore allowing active participants appreciating the architectural features within the building.
He was able to clearly demonstrates his ideas and techniques within his work in the Kanagawa Institute of Technology where he was able to continue the use of naturalness within his design as he randomly incorporates 308 structural beams that vary in diameter from one another into a single building. With the use of placing the beams in random positions, it allows various rooms to be created, creating walls which are invisible. Ishigami furthermore paints the beams white in order to create uninterrupted views across the building and with the use of floor to ceiling windows allows the natural light to flow in and create a feeling of elegance and sense of outsideness which communicates across to the active participant the depth of design in the building allowing them to appreciate the minor architectural details.
With gaining inspiration from his well known Kanagawa Institute of Technology building, I’ve been able to gather a large amount of information regarding how Ishigami created his project models enabled me to create my final redesign of the blue building mainly focusing my attention to the third level. Completing five iterations then finalising my details onto my final redesign, I’ve been able to understand how Ishigami created spaces which allowed active participants to relax within the building that creates an impression as they are outdoors. With the redesign of level 3, students are able to efficiently work together as well as individually to get class tasks done, this is made evident by the unique setting of the furniture within the room allowing different senses to be awoken within an individual as it breaks traditional classroom designs.The main medium used throughout my interactions and final project was the use of balsa wood which enabled me to create the furniture of the redesigned level as well as incorporating fibreglass sticks being used as the columns, both being painted white in order to maintain the same design as Ishigami work on the Kanagawa Institute of technology that expresses equality within the space, resulting in the user being able to change the room how they would like it rather than the building designer limiting these opportunities.
- Domus, 2013, Can architecture be invisible?, England, Viewed on the 24th August 2017, < http://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/2013/03/20/can-architecture-be-invisible-.html >
- Junya Ishigami, 2014, How Small ? How Vast ? How Architecture Grows, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany
- Karen Cilento, 2010, Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop / Junya Ishigami, America, Viewed on the 24th August 2017, < http://www.archdaily.com/66661/66661 >
- Ridhika Naidoo, 2013, junya ishigami: KAIT kanagawa institute of technology, America, Viewed on the 24th August 2017, < https://www.designboom.com/architecture/junya-ishigami-kait/ >