‘kuro maku’

‘kuro maku’ is a proposed fashion museum by UK architect abre etteh, which received honorable mention at international architecture competition, hosted by arquitectum.

following the old adage ‘you are what you wear’, ‘kuro maku’ aims to showcase the influence and ideological roots of present global and local fashion trends through real-time data collected on emergent styles. abre etteh: kuro maku balcony/exhibition space

the proposed museum creates a space to highlight and promote the work of established and up and coming designers. it invites fashion designers to explore links between clothing, fashion, architecture and urban space.

abre etteh: kuro maku the gallery entrance presents visitors with a semi-public open space showcasing the efforts of research into emergent fashion trends.

the name ‘kuro maku’ refers to the black curtains used in kabuki theater to obscure frantic backstage activities and provide a muted backdrop to the performance happening in the front stage.

applying this concept of ‘kuro maku’ to the facade aims to produce a visceral reaction from its observers. the scale of the tower is distorted by the creases, folds and crimps of the rubber exterior, which is more akin to the soft architecture of clothing and the scale of the somatic.

abre etteh: kuro maku runway projection screen facing omotesando street

abre etteh: kuro maku the runway

abre etteh: kuro maku entrance to japanese garden

by means of a chiaroscuro effect, the interior spaces create a sense of weight to make the visitor become increasingly aware of their bodies and others within the spaces. this effect hopes to blur the distinction between the exhibits and its visitors.

abre etteh: kuro maku japanese garden

abre etteh: kuro maku

abre etteh: kuro maku sectional view

through the use of actuators, the fabric facade can be expanded and contracted to allow air flow between floors. a rapid and coordinated fluctuation of the facade will cause a redistribution of air through out the building. the actuators also respond to seasonal conditions by expanding during summer to allow for natural cooling and contracting and hence creating greater thermal mass during winter.

abre etteh: kuro maku site plan