suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
24° Studio: Crater Lake, an installation – environment where people have a place to meet to observe the beauty of the surrounding environment and more importantly to call forth an emphasis on sustaining social interaction, which was the important catalyst that brought Kobe residents to revitalize their city after the disaster. The installation is situated in the man-made Port Island, Shiosai Park that provides a vast view of the Kobe urban center, its surrounding mountainscape and seascape.
Design intent of Crater Lake installation is to take this unique location into advantage; by creating an undulating wooden landscape that provides a variation of open and unconstrained settings with 360° viewing vista.
Every surface may be utilized as seating and lying down surface. Additional seating stools are set in the middle of the space that can be reorganized accordingly to the user’s preferences.
The gentle hill surfaces invites people of multiple generations by providing spatial conditions that allow to interact with the landscape space like a playground device, relax in the shade of the mount, and socialize by seating in preferred order.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
24° Studio: Personal experience of living in Japan and noticing multigenerational lag in communication as well as lack of face to face communication between members of the same generation. This condition probably could apply to any place in the world. We did not criticize the contemporary ways of communication but wanted to provide an opportunity for an old fashioned chat in a pleasant location.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
24° Studio: Listening: David Bowie, Daft Punk, many personal stories of passersby during the construction time on site. Reading: Wood Manual, The Complete Japanese Joinery, 1Q84. Watching: Seinfeld.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
24° Studio: Pentagram, Fujimori Terunobu, Stelka Institute, Charles and Ray Eames.