Homes are generally regarded as safe spaces, which is what makes Kiyoto Ota's unwelcoming wooden houses such a fright to those who visit them.
Unlike a house, which provides warmth and comfort, Ota's experimental designs elicit a sense of urgency and fear from the guest. The wooden designs were created in two iterations, one which sucks the air out of the room, and another which rains on anyone who enters. The artist designs these homes with the intention of "erasing the function" leaving an empty abode that serves as "a sculpture rather than a house."
Through this project, the artist aimed to symbolically interpenetrate his own childhood home in Japan, which he describes as "empty," now that it's occupied by other inhabitants.
Unfriendly Abode Installations
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