designers turn shipping container into a human-scale kaleidoscope
designers turn shipping container into a human-scale kaleidoscope
aug 05, 2014

designers turn shipping container into a human-scale kaleidoscope

designers turn shipping container into a human-scale kaleidoscope
all images courtesy of masakazu shirane + saya miyazaki



japanese designers masakazu shirane and saya miyazaki immerse visitors to ‘wink’ in a human-scale kaleidoscope, reflecting them within a maze of geometrically shaped mirrors. set inside the confines of a 40-foot-long industrial shipping container, the installation unties both architecture and art, and intends to shift traditional structural concepts and ideas about the two disciplines. not only an experiential creation, ‘wink’ is also an example of ‘zipper architecture’: all of the interior panels are connected by detachable cords, and each singular unit can be opened and closed like a window. ‘this idea could solve global environmental problems’ the designers describe ‘because it is easy to exchange only a part with a zipper.’

masakazu shirane saya miyazaki kaleidoscope shipping container
visitors are invited to maneuver the zipper panels




visitors to the installation are enveloped in a complex maze of color and light, constantly evolving and changing in physical property. forming a close relationship with the viewer, the space allows for participation, permitting those who enter to interface with and move the reflective parts in various directions and angles. similarly to traditional japanese housing — where mobile partitions can be relocated to accommodate privacy — the prototype achieves a sense of structural stability while opening up the possibilities of ephemeral and flexible spaces that invite freedom within the architectural field.

masakazu shirane saya miyazaki kaleidoscope shipping container
a complex labyrinth of geometrically-shaped mirrors envelops viewers



‘wink’ has recently been the winner of a silver A’ design award winner in arts, crafts and ready-made design category, and more recently a CS design award.

masakazu shirane saya miyazaki kaleidoscope shipping container
‘wink’ is set inside a 40-foot-long shipping container

masakazu shirane saya miyazaki kaleidoscope shipping container
detail of zipper mirrors

designers turn shipping container into a human-scale kaleidoscope
installation setup
images courtesy of yls-easylaser

  • This is a fantastic project! Beyond the fun aspect – the idea of unzipping elements to alter/adjust to suit a situation could lead to some very good solutions – Flexible Architecture.

    Tania Jany Brown says:

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