Tokyo Tower Top Deck (Observatory) by KAZ Shirane
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
For hundreds of years, buildings have often been a way for those in power to represent their wealth and political authority, by calling on architects to give it material form. Architecture has been a field in which we users must always simply fall in line with the will of authorities and architects. Moreover, if we turn our attention to modern interior design, we can see that its primary focus is the creation of specific designs: for example, presenting a certain image for branding, or producing a luxurious interior through the use of marble and chandeliers, or imitating traditional, anonymous designs. This method aims to instantly take us to a new world, beyond time and space. In order to transcend such conventional ideas in architecture and interior design and give rise to a new way of being, in 2008 I started to create an interactive space that focuses on the visitors.
The idea of this ambiguous space is based on the common ground between interior design and art as a permanent installation. The project was launched as the second full-scale reconstruction project of Tokyo Tower; I have transformed the interior space of its circular observation deck, located at the height of 250 meters, into a mirror of the city, breathing new life into it as a new interior design by covering the whole space with mirrors. The design of the space changes with every moment by the movement of the visitors and the scenery of Tokyo. In other words, the same design will never appear twice in this space. From an artistic perspective, people can see a landscape of Tokyo that is constantly changing towards the future, continuously reflected in a space whose ceiling is fully covered with mirrors.
Design Challenges
small space, with floor space of about 100square meters. Nevertheless, the design faced several difficulties during the construction process. When the tower was first opened in 1958, this space was used as the storage for construction materials. Applying a new design to this particularly old structure became quite challenging. Using 3D space scanning and digital fabrication, I created a virtual space on the computer to control all components in the space. About 1000 triangle mirrors are used in total.
Production Technology
materials: Stainless and glass mirror Over 1000 triangles are used for this interior design.
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