Rope House

house / exhibition

瀬戸内国際芸術祭2016  参加作品(恒久展示)
秋:10月8日|土| - 11月6日|日|

瀬戸内国際芸術祭2013  関連作品 (恒久展示)





Setouchi Triennale 2013 (Permanent exhibition)

Suda Port is located in Kagawa Prefecture, JAPAN, where roughly 330 people live. It is also a gateway for people living in Awashima. As Awashima became a venue for this year’s Setouchi Arts Festival 2013, the port was planned to have a new waiting area next to the existing ferry waiting room. In the acute triangle strip of land which the waiting room was built on, it needed to fit not only a new waiting area, but also a parking space for bikes, three vending machines, and a sewage tank. A plan to accommodate all necessities in the small space available, yet at the same time making the waiting area an delightful space which can become the port landmark was needed.

Because the project was to create a buffer between the exterior and the interior and not so much to build a new structure, I wanted to use materials which were softer in form and in presence, unlike wood or metal. Rope, which I saw during my initial visit to the site was soft yet durable and changed its character by the way you brace it. It also could be used in a way that would blend into the surrounding view depending on the density of the ropes. This is what led me to propose this plan to create architecture with ropes.

By placing rows of ropes parallel to the ground, from the far, ropes form surfaces which act as eaves, roofs, and walls creating a space slightly inflated from the original exterior of the waiting room. When you move up close, the surface goes back to its rows of ropes, and you can experience the rough texture, soft form and its unique industrial qualities.

The ropes blend in with the area and its chaotic surrounding scenery while creating a rhythmic order. Depending on where you view it from, the space appears transparent and solid while re-grouping the waiting room and its surroundings into one cohesive space. By creating this port house, I hoped to make a new landscape for the port.

Rope canopy connecting the new and old waiting rooms.

A rope roof extending the old waiting room’s space under the eaves.

The tightness of the ropes determines the presence of the ropes. The ropes behind the new waiting room are rapped loose to emphasize the presence and physicality of the rope and created a small garden.

The rope house is a permanent structure which will be exhibited throughout and after the Setouchi Art Festival 2016.

Suzuko Yamada Architects, Inc. Tokyo, JAPAN