kotaro horiuchi architecture: membrane in stratum kotaro horiuchi architecture: membrane in stratum
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

  • A similar concept is in use in Data Centers to segregate groups of computers. As each technology work in a certain temperature, the computers are grouped by the recomended temperature range. Plastic curtains segregate the temperature areas allowing a save in energy through the use of the correct amount of air conditioning necessary for each group.

    Sergio Stanislauskas says:
  • Yeeech.. got to make sure you take your Thorazine before you enter. Keep the Macs – dump the drop cloths.


    Jim C. says:
  • Dexter has been doing this for years

    TBW says:
  • The concept is quite efficient, yet it seems a bit claustrophobic to me! I think Kotaro Horiuchi should have reconsidered the presentation aspect. It conveys whiteness, but the spatial configurations and scope of material is very hard to identify. This could actually just increment the claustrophobia. :S

    Glowy PR says:
  • Yeeech is right!! Keep those spaces far away from me.

    mdf says:
  • Nice installation and effective promotion of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture!
    It looks like a scenes of a murder after a funeral.

    wwww says:

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