Memory of Shadow | Tokyo| MArch GAD | 2011

Memory of Shadow: Hysterical Parametricism

When I was growing up in a rural area of Japan, when a visitor came to my house and walked along the path next to the living room to reach the entrance a shadow was cast on the shoji. A projection of the visitor’s shape and movement on the other side of the shoji was experienced.  Then I tried to guess who the visitor was and who might be the best person to open the door.  At that moment the thin skin of the house shoji created wonder until the doorbell rang.  After high school I moved to the United States for my undergraduate study and afterwards went back to Tokyo to work.  During my stay in Tokyo from 2008 to 2011 I never experienced such a shadow in my studio.  This sensation was common in the past and is now rare in the modern urban town.  This project is about such a fading custom and how architecture can modify it in its transition into the future.

Responding to the growing concern about aging society in developed countries, a traditional house from a marginal village is relocated to Tokyo.  The house begins to deform in order to accommodate changes in human size, environment and society.  The deformation codes in grasshopper (scripting), a widely used software in the construction industry are set based on earlier researches into light and shadow using photograms and features of a traditional Japanese house.