installation | 2013 | with studio_01
Shortlist - CURTAINS: Competition, The Center For American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas at Austin


几帳 - kicho - a portable, multi-paneled silk partition placed inside blinds as a second privacy barrier or used as a room divider inside the house dating back to the Heian period.

Two buildings, both with a distinctive gridded facade, become linked by sora no kicho, an installation creating an exterior corridor of flowing curtains. These curtains, in line with the original orthogonal system of the grid, form flowing boxes of fabric which frame the sky above. The fluidity of the frame's metallic surfaces match, reflect, and refract the color of the sky throughout the day and bring that color to ground level.

While a typical curtain separates inside and outside, a kicho creates a more private space within a pre-existing area. With sora no kicho, the square of the existing grid provides a raised box for viewing the sky. This box of fabric creates a floating room-like space above the viewer, yet below the sky which creates a private, personal spot of sky amidst the wide, open courtyard. At all times of day, the cloth picks up the color of the sky, be it the bright blue of morning, white of a cloudy afternoon, or the pinks and purples of sunset.

As one walks between the buildings, exciting views of the sky present themselves created by both static and flowing elements which recreate one's idea of how the sky is seen. Relocating the curtains from inside to out, and elevating them to the second story entirely renews their use. Rather than blocking views, they create a new role in viewing the sky.