Cidori | Kengo Kuma and Associates
©Kengo Kuma & Associates

Italy 2007Cidori

Pavilion | Exhibition
Completed

CIDORI, the literal translation being 1000 birds, does not express how material is dense, but rather the state of birds flying through the sky like particles. This CIDORI KOSHI, or CIDORI Lattice, is a traditional technique lacing thin rectangular wood into a lattice by making a special notch in the wood. By using this technique, a strong structure can be created without using any nails, and at the same time, it is possible to dismantle the structure at once.

For this project, we have applied the CIDORI KOSHI in a three-dimensional space, attempting to create an open and transparent “house”. This structure has not used any adhesives or nails, and is easy to dismantle.

The “house” created by CIDORI KOSHI, is similar to a sentence composed of words. A sentence does not need any nails or adhesives. If carefully composed, a firm, solid sentence can be made. Furthermore, the words can be easily disassembled, creating a new sentence. In this way, words should be a free and eternally-open element.

The wood in CIDORI has acquired such infinite liberty.

Team Kazuhiko Miyazawa Award Premier Prize European Product Design Award (category: Interior Furniture) Publication JA : The Japan Architect 2013/Spring Vol.89 , Shinkenchiku 2009/12 No.85 , GA JAPAN 87 , GA HOUSES 99