Architect Floats “100 Colors” for Japanese Art Festival

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of , has created yet another vibrant space, this time for the 2013 Shinjuku Creators Festa in Japan.

Shikiri, meaning “to divide space using colors,” is a made-up term the French architect has embraced in her art and architecture. She aims to “use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces.”

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

For this particular exhibit, Moureaux cites her inspiration as the city of Tokyo itself, saying that, after moving to Tokyo, she became fascinated by: the “overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional ‘layers.’”

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

To achieve this sensation of “layers,” she dyed 100 colors upon an array of 840 finely-produced papers that she then hung from the ceiling of the exhibit. As a result, visitors experience an uncanny division of space.

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

“100 Colors” was on display at the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo until September 29th.

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
Cite: Jose Luis Gabriel Cruz. "Architect Floats “100 Colors” for Japanese Art Festival" 06 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=434960>
  • Gray

    All words are made-up words. What makes ‘shikiri’ special?

  • Patrick H

    Beautiful installation, but… It doesn’t exactly “divide space”. It just makes a colorful ceiling. More art than architecture for sure.

  • gerganana

    everything what can influence positive on people’s mood and emotions is Architecture, and of course architecture is a real art ;))