Aqua-scape The Orangery version by F.A.D.S + Fujiki Studio, KOU::ARC

A Prototype of “Whole Plastic Architecture”

by Valentina Ieva
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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

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    • Valentina Ieva

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      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al cuore di natura elettrica’!)

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