Shoei Yoh

6 cubes in Light House, Minamata, Kunamoto, 1992-1994

In 1980, on the island of Kyushu, Shoei Yoh began building a series of houses marked by volumes bearing multiples incisions, which create spatial arrangements orchestrated by the impact of the rays of penetrating light: light creates the immaterial spaces. The living space becomes a microcosm, a receptacle for the sky and its variations. This house, whose construction began in 1993, combines in a logical and continuous series, six cubes with sides of varying scales of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 meters, nested in each other in a spiral form, with the smallest one placed at the center – a void, in fact, deduced from the orthogonal layout of the other four cubes, more or less equivalent to the size of two tatamis. This progression enhances the perception of a quasi cosmological expansion of space. Sensitive to changes in the weather and the seasons, the house does not aspire to be the physical expression of the building, but rather its “impermanence.” It is a metaphor for the ephemeral, not because it is destined to have a limited existence, but because its appearance is endlessly changing.

Nadine Labedade

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