Miyake Design Studio Gallery / 紙のギャラリー

Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan / 東京都渋谷区

Zoning laws necessitated a fire-resistant external wall in order to use paper tubes as the primary structure. The paper tubes take the vertical loads. Thus the intersection of the paper tubes and the floor has been designed very simply to avoid slippage. The building's plan, a 16.5 by 5.2m rectangle, is based upon the Grecian agora - a space created simply by columns and shade. The outer row of paper tubes cast striped shadows across the floor, which change during the day, and provide a sense of animation. The ceiling casts a curved shadow on the paper tube and chairs were created specifically for this space.


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