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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Trees for everyone by Android in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

 
March 13th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TORAFU ARCHITECTS 

We designed the illumination display made using Android-operating devices, which can be found in the plaza facing TV Asahi known as Roppongi Hills Arena. Since this is the time of the year where people think most of connecting with others, we were tasked with providing an installation using around 600 Android-powered smartphones.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Trees for everyone by Android
  • Location: Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Total floor area: 1120.00m2
  • Design period: 2015.11-12
  • Construction period: 2015.11.16-12.14

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

We set out to populate the plaza with 12 trees made using AA Stools designed by Torafu, which can be stacked horizontally and have the particularity of resembling a capital letter “A”. The AA Stool is a product made and sold by Ishinomaki Laboratory, a DIY manufacturer, which formed after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake around a collective of designers based in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Arranged in an irregular annular array at the center of the plaza can be found 12 trees made by stacking a type of stool from the AA Stool Series with a lower seat plate called the AA Low Stool. In addition to being stacked horizontally, which is their distinguishing feature; these stools can be flipped vertically and pilled up to a height of about 4m to give visitors the experience of walking in the woods. To give the scene a touch of festive color, the front of each tree is fitted with smartphone decorations where people can be seen moving to the sound of a countdown and music.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

This series of AA Stools that are randomly colored red and green can be disassembled and stored, thereby enabling reuse, once the event is over.

This display of light, music and video expresses the wonder of people coming together and overcoming their differences, such as those based on race, gender, age, occupation and personal taste, etc.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

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