It’s hard to represent the ‘cosmos’, and many designers and architects have over the years interpreted the concept differently. One of the latest groups of architects to give the concept a crack hail from Japan, and based their design around the Greek philosophy of arkhe (the cosmos), in which the element of water plays a central role as a giver of life to everything.
Based on that, Moriyuki Ochiai and his team have given a unique feel to a Beauty Salon east of Tokyo, using recyclable aluminum sheets to represent the element of water. Filling the space with elegant curves, the sheets reflect light in a manner similar to the sparkling surface of a stream. And, according to Ochiai “projects an image of clarity as a beauty salon in pursuit of the origin of beauty.” A tad artsy in definition, but one has to admit it does look pretty damn cool.
(photos by atsushi ishida /nacasa & partners)
The flexible aluminum sheets can be easily detached from the ceiling and rearranged. This was also a consideration for the potential of relocating – the can be easily reinstalled in a new location, effectively reducing the cost of moving.