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Umi no Mori: Rethinking a Landfill

5A Design Studio
Spring 2019 


〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi
3丁目 地先 中央防波堤内側埋立地

We fully embrace the project of turning garbage into art. We propose turning the island into a gigantic outdoor museum. We designed a series of colossal salons for displaying new environmental art that would enable new feelings in relationship to nature. We want artworks populating these rooms that would incorporate- both organic and inorganic matter and cultivate microclimates and ad hoc biomes. 

" In each cell is an individual whose brain impulses are continually transmitted to an electronic analyser set at the top of the building, beneath a continuous semi-cylindrical vault. The analyser selects, compares and interprets the desires of each individual, programming the life of the entire city moment by moment. All citizens are in a state of perfect equality." 
-Superstudio 2,000-Ton City



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At large, the plan itself is a miniaturization of the formal logic that already exists on the island for the parceling of landfills.  The concrete walls are built using the ash that is the by-product of the constant incineration processes taking place on the island and is, in principle, a carbon capture device. We are also incorporating the water treatment processes already onsite. The contaminated water runoff after rainfalls continue to be captured in troughs at the perimeter of the museum. The purified water is recirculated throughout the museum for both symbolic interests and as a mechanism for cultivating microclimates.

We imagine this museum as a quiet monument in the context of Tokyo bay that contain unexpected pleasures. The walls are crisp and faceless. Its art, flamboyant. They are porous to air, rigid and heavy. Its art, light yet unapologetic. They are made out of garbage- garbage that is de-naturalized into something else, and re-naturalized into its larger self. Its art in dialogue.

Render  of Project in Site 

Render of  Interior Moments

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Final Physical Model