Invisible Architecture- Junya Ishigami

Junya Ishigami is a Japanese architect, famous for harmoniously blending the distinct gap between the natural and built nature of homes and buildings. “An Invisible Architecture,” is a project undertaken by Ishigami that embodies this concept where Ishigami realises that nature is not a static and banal object, nor is it a selling point; it’s about creating conditions that invoke naturalness, which in turn awakes all your senses.

Kanagawa Institute of Technology

This naturalness is exemplified in his work “Kanagawa Institute of Technology,” (shown above) where he uses the ideas of star constellations to “randomly,” erect 308 structural beams that each have a different diameter to. These varying diameters give the impression of singular spaces for users without the use of walls. The beams are painted white to allow people using the space to have an uninterrupted view across the building.Intertwined between these beams are pieces of furniture and potted plants which transforms the space into what feels like an outdoor area. Floor to ceiling glass encases the structure which gives the building a feeling of weightlessness and elegance as well as allowing natural light to flow in and further exemplify the idea of an indoor outdoor space.

UTS Library where the new space will be designed.

To create my models I began to create different iterations of these spaces using the ideas that Ishigami used for his Kangawa Institute of Technology building. Our assessment task outlines we must think about a space near UTS and redesign it in the style of our chosen architect so I decided to imagine designing this space for the roof of the UTS library where students could read and study.

I intially started making my models by looking at the availiable space on the roof of the UTS library and began to think about how people would use this space. To make the models I used materials and techniques that Ishigami uses when creating his iterations. This allowed me to further replicate his style and to overall make better quality models.

Iteration 1- Plotting the structure

Planning Structural Beams

For this iteration I wanted to begin thinking about the general shape of the design as well as how the beams would be randomly spread throughout. I used foam core and steel wire to construct this and placed the beams so that they began to form rooms and passages without using walls.

Iteration 2- How we move through the structure

Movement Lines

This iteration was important to understand where to place the beams and how potential users may use the design as a study and relaxation space. The wavy line indicates how an individual may study and the straighter line indicates how a group may study.

Iteration 3- Actual materials and techniques to be used

This iteration gives an example of the techniques and materials I will use for the final model. Balsa wood is used for tables, chairs and pots for pot plants. Dyed foam is used to represent plantation and painted fibreglass sticks are used for the structural beams.

Final Model

Overview of model
Trees and bookshelves
Personal Desks
Community Work Benches
Group meeting area and community bench
Plan view of redesigned library

I believe that my final model embodies Ishigami’s ideas when he was creating his work and have therefore allowed my design to be a quality piece of work that considers function and aesthetics. With more time and more practise I believe I could have made areas of the model better quality such as the joinery of furniture.

After designing these iterations and my final model I can better understand how a space such as the one Ishigami and I have created can allow people to relax in an environment that is indoors yet feels like they are outside. If a space like the one I have designed was built somewhere in UTS I believe that the naturalness of the design would allow students who are studying to awaken all there senses which would in-turn allow them to create and complete work to a higher quality.

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