Thursday, September 18, 2008


copyright by Manfredi Bellati
ENVIRONMENT # 3 - The Japanese Pavilion. Extreme Nature: Landscape of Ambiguous Spaces by Junya Ishigami. Ishigami’s greenhouses, outside The Japanese Pavilion, are not equipped with air control systems and are not sealed off from the outside by a strong barrier, so they do not create a perfect artificial environment. The weakness of the barrier results in an ambiguous mixing of elements from the internal and external environment. With the help of botanist Hideaki Ohba, Ishigami aims at presenting a variety of plant life that creates a slight disturbance in the landscape of the park. At first glance, the resulting landscape seems to be ordinary, but we believe this is an extremely progressive approach to the natural environment.
copyright by Manfredi Bellati
The Architect – Junya Ishigami. The inside of The Japanese Pavilion is nearly empty, revealing the beauty of its original space. The greenhouses scattered around it give the outside space the atmosphere of an interior landscape. The architecture is not given the definite qualities of a physical object and there is no dualistic relationship between inside and outside. Nor is the outside space perceived as a void. The Japanese Pavilion itself is made to appear as an artificial environment or an element of topography.

A detail. Delicate pencil drawings traced directly onto the walls, inside The Japanese Pavilion, looked like lace from far away.
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