You are the view’

A design concept inspired by Junya Ishigami.


Junya Ishigami – ‘How vast, How small, How architecture grows’ Exhibition

How can architecture re-enchant the world ?

A question that lies at the heart of each model Junya Ishigami presented in his exhibition, ‘How small ? How vast ? How architecture grows'. During an interview with Design Boom, Junya states that the “urbanist concept is old”. His work attempts to create a new scale between nature and architecture.

Junyas experimentation into ambiguous spaces birthed from the ‘Blurry Spaces’ research carried out out by Toyo Ito and SAANA Architects – Junyas first employer. Their conclusions forged spaces that appeared to have no boundaries, challenging the typography and hierarchy of traditional architecture.

A generation later, Junya experiments with invisible architecture – a structural transparency that atmospherically self directs the viewer to understand the greater idea. With a minimalistic tone, Junya omits large portions of his models, which lead us to question our architectural perceptions of what the future of urbanism could become.

I have applied Junya Ishigami’s architectonic and spatial language to redesign 201/233 Castreagh st Sydney – the Greenland building site currently under construction. I believe that much of Sydney’s urbanism focuses on captivating views. Similar to Junya, I believe this culture to be outdated.

Greenland building –

In the natural world each scene is made up of equal elements, where each organism contributes to a beautiful whole. Like Junya, I have applied the interconnection in nature to create my concept – ‘You are the view’; buildings designed with organic form that coexist with their environment.

The focus is to enhance a buildings inhabitants experience by incorporating open space, gardens and parks, whilst externally positivly contributing to its context by providing an inspirational view. A building will stand to be equal with the surrounding buildings and contribute to the whole of the city. Thus, a building for the community.

In the form of model making, I have materialised my concept. Junya’s exhibition was a combination of models, that all contributed to his overlaying message. Similarly, my five models represent a combined whole - ‘You are the view’. Each model is at a scale of 1:1000.

(Figure 1) Junya Ishigami – ‘How vast, How small, How architecture grows’ Exhibition / (Figure 2.) Luka Rohde – ‘You are the view’

I have adapted Junya’s minimalistic style (Figure 1) to create a sample of the floor plan I have redesigned for 201/233 Castlreagh st. He chooses to show only what is of importance – the narrative of the family and natural features. Similarly, I decided to only display openness and the dominance of the outdoor space between the residential.

Figure 3 – Junya Ishigami, ‘How vast, How small, How architecture grows’ Exhibition / Figure 4 – Luka Rohde, ‘You are the view’ concept

Above in Figure 3, Junya has soldered fine metal to create a translucent wall. It evokes an atmosphere of peacefulness whilst representing similar to the fine trees within. I have applied this technique to my design through the sowing of string to wood. In Figure 4, I have attempted to recreate the organic form of a waterfall to form the buildings structure.

Figure 5 – Junya Ishigami, ‘How small, How vast, How architecture grows’ Exhibition / Figure 6 – Luka Rohde, ‘You are the view’

In figures 5 and 6, both Junya and I have built structures around trees. I have adopted his technique of representing natural elements to be inside architecture, instead of separated outside. The internal tree therefore is not enclosed, rather growing inside.

Figure 7 – Junya Ishigami ‘How vast, How small, How architecture grows’ / Figure 8 – Luka Rohde, ‘You are the view’

Here in figure 7, Junya shows only the openings of a residences windows. He omits the rest the of the structure to lead us to imagine the rest. I have applied the same method to 210/233 Castlereagh st. The openings represent the five outdoor spaces. You can see interesting view the building would create for surrounding buildings.

Figure 9 – Junya Ishigami, ‘How vast, How small, How architecture grows’ / Figure 10 – Luka Rohde, ‘You are the view’

Looking at Junyas models in Figure 9, he has represented natural forms that could be limestone, coral etc to form intricate building designs. I have used similar natural inspiration by joining varying geometrical shapes to represent a downward formed ice spike (Figure 10).

Junya Ishigami’s experimentation with invisible architecture has inspired me to rethink Sydneys urban landscape. His naturalistic style connects with people, and blends with its surroundings. I believe this approach to be vital for the future of urbanism.

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