19 December 2009

An Architecture With Portals

Located in Jinbocho, Tokyo’s book district, this bookstore/sushi & saki bar explores an architectural dynamism that creates connections to other local buildings with different programs. Three nearby fighting halls become very crowded during special events. The D-units provide an escape from the chaos caring passengers over the crowded streets, directly through the portals into an environment of relaxation and tranquility.

Read or Die Studio

This studio centered on the anime series of the same name in which three sisters fight evil with the power to manipulate, animate, and control paper. The project was to design a device for one of the characters to use while visiting Jinbocho, the book district of Tokyo. Maggie is a bibliophile and a recluse, who likes to read in very small spaces despite her large size. My device is a cape jacket that can transform into a small tent for Maggie to read in, or a backpack for caring the books she purchases in Jinbocho.

Cape Tent montage:

The Making of Cape Tent: