Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

August 21, 2017 by  
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Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic teahouse built with hundred of pieces of folded paper without the need for any glue. The minimalist and temporary structure embodies a Japanese sense of beauty and appreciation of the concept of transience. Winner of the RTFA 2017 Awards, Shi-An was constructed for the Japanese Culture EXPO 2016 at the Daidokoro in Nijo-Jo Castle in Kyoto , one of the most prestigious flat land castles constructed in the early 17th century. The round teahouse is built solely from “washi” paper, a traditional Japanese paper made from particular plant fibers, and evokes a contemporary feel within a traditional setting. Large pieces of washi paper, measuring 500mm by 1,000mm (1.64 feet by 3.28 feet), were folded eight times to create triangular units that can be inserted together with other units without the need for adhesives. The nearly seven-foot-tall teahouse can be easily constructed, deconstructed, and transported. Related: Beautiful timber pavilion unfolds like origami “This nomadic small tea house engages the spatial experience embodying the idea of Japanese simplified beauty which addresses momentality and intangibility in nature,” wrote the architects. “The cellular structure metabolizes its own body like living creatures for continuous adaptation to surrounding environments and its uses.” The teahouse features a small opening that requires users to bow their heads before entering as well as a small opening at the top to allow natural light to enter the space. + Katagiri Architecture + Design

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Singapore Night Festival dazzles crowds with 13 stunning light installations

August 21, 2017 by  
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The Singapore Night Festival is back and it’s pulling out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. Attracting crowds of over 500,000, the annual light festival bonanza transforms the city into a carnival of arts and culture with family-friendly activities, interactive installations, and pop-up eateries across two weekends from August 18 to August 26. Created to follow this year’s theme of “Ten Magical Years,” the iconic Night Lights exhibition brings to life 13 Instagrammable light installations. The Singapore Night Festival comprises five zones sprawled out from Cathay Green and Chijimes to Armenian Street and Waterloo Street. The festival has grown to become Singapore’s largest outdoor performing arts festival and includes artists from a variety of backgrounds, from acrobats to musicians. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, many performing artists that participated in previous years were invited back for the weeklong festival. Related: Amsterdam’s annual Light Festival brightens the city’s winter nights This year’s Night Lights exhibition includes 13 installations , including the signature highlights—interactive light installations that transform the facades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore into art. Artists from around the world were invited to create installations, which include EZ3kiel’s Convolutions, Karel Bata’s The Tree That Blinked, and LiteWerkz x 3M’s Tessellations of Time. This year, festivalgoers can also explore the event with free-to-rent bicycles provided by Hello, Bicycle! The festival concludes on August 26. + Singapore Night Festival Images by Singapore Night Festival 2017

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