This is the second version of Aqua-scape which Fujiki Architectural Design Studio had completed in 2006 as the first prototype of “Whole Plastic Architecture” in Japan.
F.A.D.S Studio, founded by Ryumei Fujiki, describes his work:
"We were received an e-mail from Beam Gallery in United Kingdom and requested to carry Aqua-scape from Japan to UK. But, We thought it was impossible because Aqua-scape was big and heavy. So, We proposed a half size of Aqua-scape to Beam Gallery. We hoped the new version of Aqua-scape would become more transparent, more amorphous, lighter and smaller than the first version.
However, if we made a half size Aqua-scape, a thickness of material would become a half size. Then, the strength of material would be weaker.
For that reason, it was very difficult for us to make a half size Aqua-scape. It needed to take one year in order to complete Aqua-scape The Orangery version.
Finally, Aqua-scape The Orangery version has a double skin system. Outer skin was made of a transparent polycarbonate sheet. Inner skin was made of the same material of the first version.
Photo Credits: Porl Medlock
If I say the first version was boneless like Jellyfish, I can say the Orangery version is like a small shrimp because it is wrapped by transparent soft shell. The first version of Aqua-scape in Japan 2006 was floating on water, however Aqua-scape The Orangery version is floating on the grass".
List of Materials
Outer Skin: 2mm Polycarbonate Sheet
Inner Skin: 500×4000mm of 10mm Polyethylene EVA Fiber Cushion
Photo Credits: Ryumei Fujiki