Sfera Building / Claesson Koivisto Rune

Sfera Building / Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Kyoto, Japan
  • Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2003
  • Photographs Photographs:  Claesson Koivisto Rune

Text description provided by the architects. The Sfera Building is a culture centre in Gion containing an art gallery, a design shop, an art book and music store, restaurants, offices and a café.

© Claesson Koivisto Rune
© Claesson Koivisto Rune

Gion is the traditional district of Kyoto. The centuries old low, wooden houses share a typical feature: the sunscreen, made of bamboo, wood or rice paper. We wanted to find a way to make a screen that did the same thing, but in a new way. We picked some leaves from a small cherry tree. In our office, we laid the cherry leaves on a light-table and photographed them. Our leaf image transformed, with the help of computers, into a punched-hole pattern. The resulting facades were a ”leaf screen” that had a monolithic appearance, yet was actually transparent: a titanium veil, creating an intricate play of light and shadow on the interior.

© Claesson Koivisto Rune
© Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Address: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

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Cite: "Sfera Building / Claesson Koivisto Rune" 09 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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