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Exhibition Underground: History in the Darkness

EXHIBITION UNDERGROUND by TORAFU ARCHITECTS. The settings for the exhibition "Underground" was held in Miraikan, Odaiba. The purpose with this exhibition was to showcase the "the underground", which was one of the largest aspects in Miraikan's history. "We were required to make it possible for the visitors to deeply feel that the route starts from the earth surface and that it ends at the deepest part of earth".

"We proposed such a stereoscopic way of displaying, that as the visitors walk forward into the route, the higher are the shielding
blocks piled. The large exhibition hall of 1600 square meters is composed of 6500 units of 500x500x400mm foamed styrene block."

The team used three kinds of styrene: 40% foamed, 50% foamed and 90% foamed.

"The lower level blocks consist of the heavier 40% foamed styrene and the higher level blocks consist of the lighter 90% foamed styrene. The white space covered with unitary module foamed styrene has a strong appeal and works as the background that flatters the showpieces. While there is sensation of unity due to the use of this one simple material, the way of its use varies such as a case for a light, a screen upon which messages are projected and a sign on which letters are carved."

PRINCIPAL USE: EXHIBITION SITE
BUILDING SITE: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 1600m2
EXHIBITION DESIGN: BOCTOK,SOUP DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN: IZUMI OKAYASU
FABRIC DESIGN: YOKO ANDO
CONSTRUCTION: INOUE INDUSTRIES ISHIMARU

"We could recycle almost 100% of the foamed styrene by dissolving it after the exhibition. By using a material of a huge volume that can be easily processed, we could finish setting the blocks within mere one week. We could also give an answer to a problem of recycling after dismantlement that usually comes with exhibitions held at impromptu facilities."

PHOTO: Daici Ano


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