Makoto Sei Watanabe

Jelly Fish II, 1992-1994

In Jelly Fish 2, irregular and transparent pods filled with liquid and illuminated with natural light are grafted on either end of a long metal bar. Like Jelly Fish 1 (1990), this “jelly fish” architecture appears as a scale for measuring the qualities of each space: natural forces become material and material becomes action, following an interchangeable symmetry. The project pushes even further the experimentation with water, light and gravity begun with the first version in the series, which focused on concepts of balance and stability, transparence and opacity. Here, the architect develops the rapport of contrasts and of the sensations of touch: roughness / softness; form / formless; whole / parts; reflected light / penetrating light; exterior / interior; container / content; original / ephemeral; mass / light; matter / time. The K-Museum (1996, Tokyo) partially built Jelly Fish 2: placed on a granite plinth, the building takes the form of an inclined bar with fractured and angular forms, clad in aluminum and stainless steel panels. The sharp cut of the metal volumes contrasts with the organic forms of the translucent pod spaces grafted onto them.

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