• Prize
    Emerging Architect of the Year
  • University
    Tokyo University of the Arts
  • Lead Designer
    Takatoku Nishi
  • Photographer Credit
    © Nacása & Partners Inc. Futa MORIISHI, DRONE SHOOTING : Yukihide Nakano
  • Location
    12-8 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, TOKYO
  • Project Date
    December. 2020
  • Project Link

On sunny days, when the sun shines and a certain amount of wind blows, light is led into the space from the pipes in the ceiling, creating a phenomenon of light that looks like drops falling onto the surface of water. The light constantly moves with the wind and falls to reveal new sights. This architectural space is a remarkable manifestation of the seasonal, daily and time-of-day changes caused by the atmosphere, and the sights that can be experienced differ depending on the time of day when you visit. It is an accidental creation of nature, which we humans cannot manipulate.
This was built as his PhD graduation project. The site is located between the Zoo and the university and offers a rich vegetation and animal presence that one would not expect in an urban area. The environment is characterised by its ability to receive the full movement of the sun and to allow the wind to pass through. He designed the space based on the shape of the site, the direction of the sun and wind, and the average wind speed, and did all the construction himself.

He is fascinated by the transitory yet intense beauty of the ever-changing, fleeting scenes that nature produces. He finds the atmospheric optical phenomena contained in these scenes and reconstructs them through 'materials' and 'structures'. It becomes a space of light, creating a spatial experience that we have never experienced before. He consistently faces the mystique of light, while at the same time keeping in mind the 'Atmosphere.' those drifts from the work.
The artwork serves as a medium to bring the spectacle of nature closer to us.

Other prizes
2023, Special Mention, Architizer: Vision Awards, Category of Student Creator Of The Year 2023 2023, Winner of Red Dot, Red Dot Design Award: Design Concept, Category of Architecture 2023, Special Mention, Architizer: A + Awards, Category of Architecture + Art 2023, SILVER A' DESIGN AWARD, A' Design Award and Competition, Category of Architecture, Building and Structure Design 2022, Grand Prix, and Guest Jury Special Prize (Hiroshi Nakamura ), JID AWARD 2022 2021, Guest Jury Special Prize (Kengo Kuma), and Art Renaissance Prize, TOKYO GEIDAI Art Fest 2021 2021, Nomura Art Prize, Tokyo University of Arts 2018, Award of Design N, Tokyo University of Arts, Department of DESIGN 2017, Shortlist, 17th ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION 2016, Category of NEXTAGE Prize, JID AWARD 2016 2015, Grand Prize, Shinjuku Creators Festa, Category of space design 2013, Grand Prize, JIA and DAIKO Architecture Lighting Design Competition