kotaro horiuchi architecture: membrane in stratum
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jun 28, 2012
kotaro horiuchi architecture: membrane in stratum

‘membrane in stratum’ by kotaro horiuchi architecture, nagoya, japan
all images courtesy of kotaro horiuchi architecture

‘membrane in stratum’ in nagoya, japan is an installation designed by tokyo and paris-based firm kotaro horiuchi architecture.
draped from the ceiling, plastic sheets are draped wrap the interior spaces to generate spatial zones for working and relaxation.
layers of the translucent membranes create a gradated and hazy experience as humans interact within the installation and
move between each flexible room. regulating depth and boundaries, the temporal partitions reflect and absorb light and shadows
in unexpected ways while computer monitors and chairs emerge from the suspended panels.

ideal for impromptu situations, the tables and chairs can be shifted within the makeshift rooms to support group meetings or allow
individual workstations. circular or clustered arrangements foster cross-communication and collaboration. a separated reference library
and lounge are integrated into the layout, catering to the shifting acoustical qualities between the functional areas.

tables may be moved within the spatial zones created by the installation of translucent plastic sheets

tables may be arranged for close yet separate working areas

clustered work environment

draping plastic sheets create zones within the space


chairs emerge through a translucent haze of the plastic sheets



reference area

computers draped in plastic

floor plan / level 0


project info:

location: nagoya, japan
completion: january 2012
program: office, salon, bar
built area: 100 m²

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