Little Witches Lab / FATHOM

Little Witches Lab / FATHOM

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  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    20 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2022


  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers Marks with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers: Like a, Light years

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Windows
© Tatsuya Tabii

Flowers / Leaves / Fruits. Flowers, leaves and fruits are the forms created when plants are nurtured by the blessings of soil and sunlight. Little Witch Lab is a gallery showcasing the work of Mutsumi Fujimoto, an incidental artist who uses a unique technique to contain this momentary beauty and sublimate it into permanent beauty that does not change over time, like a piece of jewelry worn by a human being. . It will be Mutsumi Fujimoto’s studio and a gallery to exhibit his works. She chose Tokaichi in Naka-ku, Hiroshima City. The building is located where the ancient Ota River, which runs through the city and leads to Hiroshima Bay, meets the long-established Kusayo Inou Shrine. The location is both dignified and quiet, and time passes slowly, making it a wonderful spot in the city.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Windows, Chair
© Tatsuya Tabii
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Floor plan
Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior photography, kitchen, windows
© Tatsuya Tabii

The workshop requires delicate work down to the tenth of a millimetre, which is why although it is attached to the gallery, the client has requested that the two spaces be separated. We proposed a new element to the gallery, an experience, where visitors could view and buy works of art, and discover the thoughts and intentions of the artist through the Little Witch brand, creating a gallery like a laboratory where works of art are created just for them. . The process of transforming natural materials into works of art was categorized into four words, and based on these themes, an art-like architectural device was created, which visitors could walk through and experience.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Windows
© Tatsuya Tabii
Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Column
© Tatsuya Tabii

The four themes are: 1. Cultivation material [FARM] 2. Encapsulation materials with acrylics [CONFINE] 3. Selection of flowers/leaves/fruits and metals (accessory parts) that suit your body [PARTS]. 4. The two are brought together in the studio to form the work [FIXED]. The design was based on the dual structure of creating the overall space while creating the vase as an architectural device based on each theme that would not be overcome by the force of the work, and although it is a small space of less than 10 tsubos, this ended up being a very time consuming project.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Table, Chair
© Tatsuya Tabii
Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior photography, bathroom
© Tatsuya Tabii

Cultivate. A flowerbed was placed inside the gallery to match the existing grand opening overlooking the ancient Ota River, creating the impression that the verdant riverside landscape was bleeding into the gallery. To prevent the roots from rotting, the water discharged from the flower beds is collected by a glass funnel and a container, and by retaining in space what would normally flow and disappear, I hoped to transmit the richness of the force life of the earth in the brown liquid, like coffee. The flower beds are periodically replanted depending on the season and seasonality. The materials grown in this space will be used for future works of art, and the work is full of possibilities for the future.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior photography, bathroom
© Tatsuya Tabii

To confine. Sprouted flowers, leaves and berries are picked and encased in acrylic, giving them both the beauty of life and the sparkle of jewelry. To convey the beauty as if time had stopped, we thought of a staging that makes the flowers appear as if they were floating in the center of the space. Plants are divided into three elements: soil, stems and flowers. Combining the flat structure of the earth and the vertical structure of the stems, I imagined a vase that looks like a desk placed upside down. The organic shape of the vase is inspired by the puddles that form on the ground after rain, and pipes that look like round rods of different sizes rise from the base. The owner himself drilled a 1mm hole vertically in the cross section of a 3mm round bar made of the same material as the acrylic coated flower itself, connecting the flower/leaf/fruit and the vase in a way that even on-site artisans would be surprised to see. The color and formative power of flowers created by nature, and the luminosity created by sealing them forever with human hands. I hope you will be touched and moved by the beauty of each work before it has the function of being worn as an accessory.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography
© Tatsuya Tabii
Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography
© Tatsuya Tabii

rooms. The side wall of Sorayasu Inou Shrine is lined with four iron boxes bearing the names of the seasons. The panels that block the existing openings are arranged randomly with round holes so that light can penetrate through them and transmit as much as possible of the universe of the sanctuary. When the lid of the box is opened, the flowers inside are classified in detail by type, and labels with the name of the variety and the language of the flowers are stuck on them. Even among the same type of flower, the shapes and colors of the forms created by nature vary greatly when compared one by one. Here, visitors can choose flowers, leaves, and berries that match their skin color and frame, and select accessories such as earrings and necklaces to create unique accessories created just for them.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography
© Tatsuya Tabii

Fixed. To eliminate the link with the workshop, an opening made by a small arch was made in the wall separating the two spaces. Selected flowers/leaves/fruits and metal fittings are brought into the workshop and assembled. When the stone wall light turns on, the door opens again and the job is not finished until the person carries it. It takes less than 20 minutes to complete the job. In the meantime, we hope visitors will visit the adjacent river and shrine and have a peaceful time while preparing to receive the artwork. The spatial composition of the studio and the gallery, two linked functions in the same space, is such that they do not interfere with each other. By creating an attraction-like device in space, where brand value naturally increases as visitors move, choose and feel, we believe we have created a new type of passive gallery born out of disaster. from Corona.

Little Witch Lab / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Painting
© Tatsuya Tabii

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