Through a painstaking process of trial and error, professor and architect Ken Yokogawa led a team of students from the Nihon University of Science and Technology, along with professor Jun Sato, in the creation of this impressive wooden block design.
Undulating, curving and arching organically, the construction that took two years to build consists of 7,000 wooden cubes that are hooked together by the corners with 36,000 screw-in hooks altogether. The final shape is a free-standing installation that seems to be balancing precariously on top of its massive legs, like a giant table that has been caught in the middle of disintegrating into thousands of pieces.
Ken Yokogawa calls his construction an inverted question-cube, a term which corresponds with the amorphous shape of this wooden block design.
Ken Yokogawa Heads a Massive Wooden Block Design Project
1. Organic Block Designs - Exploring undulating, curving, and arching wooden block constructions for unique architectural designs.
2. Amorphous Installations - Creating free-standing installations that defy traditional shapes and structures by utilizing innovative building techniques.
3. Balancing Precariously - Designing structures that appear unstable, challenging traditional notions of stability and balance.
1. Architecture - Opportunities for architects to experiment with unconventional wooden block designs for buildings and public installations.
2. Construction - Incorporating innovative building techniques and unconventional materials into construction projects for unique and visually striking structures.
3. Furniture Design - Exploring new possibilities for furniture design by incorporating the concept of balancing precariously, creating visually dynamic and captivating pieces.