Tokyo Installations Encourage Couples To ‘Kiss’ & Enjoy Moments In Public Spaces

Tato Architects and Dot Architects are two of the six studios behind the pop-up pavilions at the Kyoto Art Center. The pavilions are designed to explore taboo activities in public spaces in Japan.

The installation is named ‘Kagerou Village’ and is constructed to facilitate activities such as sleeping, bird feeding, kissing and “dangerous play” in the public facility. It is hoped that pavilions can provoke conversation about the rules of public spaces that are usually obeyed.

Architectural historian Taro Igarashi commissioned the pavilions as part of the Kenchiku Symposium that is held in the courtyard of an ex-school building in Kyoto’s Kimono district.

Yo Shimada, founder of participating practice Tato Architects, explained that the purpose of the installation lies in getting people to question the idea of “breaking the rules” of public spaces. By giving people the chance to observe and participate, it is a way to get people to “rethink the approach to public space.”

Some of the highlights include a “welcome folly” pavilion designed by French practice Martinez Barat that introduces visitors to the installation with interlocking louvers for the roof and ‘A Float of Immaterial Pleasures’ pavilion by German architect Ludwig Heimbach that encourages couples to kiss through small semi-enclosed spaces and enjoy private moments.

The ‘Dangerous Playground’ pavilion by German practice Studio Sven Pveiffer is another intriguing structure. It is an inverted bouldering pavilion that subverts the safety rules of the playground by inviting children to climb the structure.

It would be interesting to know how the counterintuitive installation impacts participants and society at large.

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