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Inujima Landscape Project
Event, Non-Event

The Studio
As a student in Studio Sejima, I have had the fortune of working on the particularly intriguing case of the Inujima island. A semi-abandoned Japanese island in the Seto Inland Sea, it has a population of a mere 72 and as a studio, we were called to rethink and redesign its future identity. We visited the site in Japan in November and have had the chance to discuss and to present before a jury comprising of architects such as Nishizawa, Foujimoto, Ishigami, Atelier Bow-Wow and Professor Sejima. The final presentations of the projects took place at the 15th Architecture Biennale of Venice and our work is currently displayed as part of SANAA’s Inujima
Landscape Project exhibition in the central pavilion of the Giardini.

A jury comprising of architects such as Nishizawa, Foujimoto, Ishigami, Atelier Bow-Bow-Wow and Professor Kazuyo Sejima. 

The Masterplan 

Inujima is an island of variable contextual characteristics, including the beach, the forest, the village and the old, ruined chimneys. Our team’ s strategy for Inujima consists of a series of performance spaces positioned across the island, each one responding to the particularities of its context. Through preserving and enhancing the ongoing flow of art and culture on the island, established as the Inujima Art House Project, we envisioned spaces that maintain the island’ s fragile, ephemeral
nature; spaces that challenge the notion of interiority and exteriority, spaces that function on both the Event and Non-Event conditions. That is, when a performance is taking place and when the venues remain idle.

Through preserving and enhancing the ongoing flow of art and culture on the island, established as the Inujima Art House Project by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. It consists of a series of small pavilions, creating a promenade through the existing village link to the Setouchi Triennale 2013.

The Village

Taking up on an aspect of the master plan to further develop it into an architectural project, my agenda for The Village is to re-envision the existing houses as a series of performance spaces, according to their current conguration and layout. The focus is on a particular complex of buildings, located so close to each other that they may be perceived as a single entity. I wanted to isolate and decontextualize this cluster, creating a dierent experience within and changing the way in which the village is perceived.
I chose to engage with the program of Performance Art for its key quality of redefining the relationship between the audience and the performer. I played with alternating conditions of spatial separation; sometimes the audience peeks in from outside, sometimes they experience garden performances from indoors.The implementation of a sinuous, curved wall, frames and encloses the desirable spaces and acts as a lter of ever-changing transparency. It both respects and redefines the qualities of its context and also transforms the houses into an individual series of stages within the island. The distinctively different event spaces created are housing variable relationships of visitors and performers and are setting up novel interactions with the existing architecture and landscape.
The wall is selectively capturing a portion of the Village, offering visitors the experience of perceiving it, both as a fascinating event space and as an isolated playground of personal reinvention.

by Katerina SYNAteam

/ Credits /
Project : Katerina Joannides
Masterplan Phase Concept: Luca Beltrame, Fady Haddad, Katerina Joannides, Adrian Wong