Architect Floats “100 Colors” for Japanese Art Festival

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of color, 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 itself, saying that, after moving to , 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 20 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 ;))