This piece of narrative architecture was the vehicle to examine current day cultural and social issues in Japan such as unconditional piety, relentless work ethic, and conservative attitudes towards love.
The way the work was represented throughout was key in illustrating my precise architectural ambition for the project. Tokyo is looked upon as the city of ‘bright – lights’ and fast moving technology, yet within its underbelly still exists the idea of ‘exquisite craft’ that has defined Japan over the centuries, I wanted the Emperor’s Castle to compliment these ideals.
The aim of the Emperor’s Castle was to provoke thought but never patronise or attempt to solve all the world’s problems.
The Emperor's Castle - Set Within The Urban Fabric Of Tokyo City
The Emperor's Castle - An Origami Lung Retreats
The Woven Origami Lung Collars
The Princess's Knitted Canopy
The Mechanical Wave System And Igusa Rush Meadows
The Grass Band Of The Cowherd Delimits The Castle Boundaries
The Contoured Landscape Underneath The Knitted Canopy
The Origami Lungs Connected Via A Series Of Walkways
The Emperor's Castle - Triptych (1.8m x 1.0m)
The Cowherd & His Mechanical Cow - Cutter's
The Emperor's Origami Lung's Pulled Back & Forth On Giant Platforms
The Emperor's Origami Lung's
Within Are A Series Of Pulley's & Weight's Articulated By The Army
The Princess's Knitted Skin
The Emperor's Lung's Expand & Contract, Blooming Like Flowers
The Dark Cloud Of Magpie - Kites Rain Down On The Landscape Below