Obento Series :: Modularity – Hiromi Fujii Todoroki House
Modularity has been a hallmark of modern buildings. Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower and Hӧweler + Yoon’s Filene’s Eco Pods both embody the capsule as a module that can be moved and take advantage of local circumstances within a larger infrastructure [sunlight, availability, views, etc.]. In the Todoroki House, Hiromi Fujii takes cubes eccentrically offset to create an insistent geometry that questions the nature of living comfortably. Fujii’s house requires a rethinking and refocusing on the purpose of architecture and the way to inhabit buildings.
Modularity in bento boxes is embodied through layers, inserts, and smaller elements that fit together like a puzzle. The preparer can take advantage of each element in planning a meal.
Hiromi Fujii plays with nested cubes placed within a quadrant in plan and section in the Todoroki Residence. The insistence of the geometry - of the perfection of the platonic form and its placement -
recall restaurant bento divided in four. Fujii’s axonometric drawings emphasize the spatial geometry - and the tile pattern on the interior challenge the sense of domestic comfort. There is a sense of strangeness and purity in this architecture that does not admit dailies’ - and serves to keep surprising.
Obento at the BAC
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