daisuke motogi was invited to realize the design of an art fair venue inside a vacant building in kayaba-cho, tokyo. the office-building layout was enlivened with this new temporary program occupying the 1st-3rd floors and additionally the 8th and 9th floors. the adapted space would provide art galleries and photographers areas to exhibit their work.
all images © kenta hasegawa
daisuke motogi architecture‘s aim was to create a neutral yet unique platform that embraces the run-down state of the location but establish a playful dialogue between the diverse work being displayed. ‘it would be like a space where a luxurious fashion brand and a cheap drinking place co-exist side by side.’ comments the architect. the interior addresses a contemporary tokyo perspective; intended to create a condition where diverse elements can co-exist, while maintaining a consistently and language throughout. the materials and lighting was installed as contrasts; from smooth to rough; light and dark; fine and textured; cheap to expensive.
the four day-only event led to an focus of the design being easy to assemble and take down. this led to the scaffolding system that is installed throughout. to give the feature elegance, the architects finished the tube pipes with shiny gold plating. this scaffolding makes up the counter which is complemented with the plywood counter top, creating a contrasting effect of smooth and rough.
the entrance, reception counters, and sponsor booths were designed with lightness and elegance in mind. in contrast, the rough texture of the stripped-off walls and floor of the stair and passage was maintained. on the second floor exhibition spaces; the space is dark, illuminated only with ambient lighting for photo shooting, marked with the directional arrow signs.
‘we wanted to provide an ambiguous experience where we can hardly tell which parts are designed and which parts are garbage by reversing the ‘front’ and the ‘back’ from the beginning, because such space would accommodate diverse works in a more generous way. by equally appreciating ‘what is designed’ and ‘what happened to exist there’, we hope to provide an opportunity where people develop an eye to discover and appreciate diverse things without preconception.’ – daisuke motogi
art photo tokyo exhibition design
design: daisuke motogi architecture
usage: art fair
floor area: 4502.05 m² (including exhibition area)
date of completion: nov/2016
photo: kenta hasegawa
translation: kazuko sakamoto