Japanese architecture firm Kotaro Horiuchi has transformed their own offices into a space age cave-like environment using glass fiber paper. Paper Cave is a cozy multi-use room with a long central table that can be used for meetings, dinners or collaborative working. The permanent installation was created as a second part of the architect’s Fusionner project, which was exhibited next door at Nagoya’s White Cube Gallery.
For Paper Cave, Kotaro Horiuchi looked to their own architectural studio as the inspiration for a permanent exhibition that employees could not only live with, but be inspired by themselves. Since the studio is next to the White Cube Gallery, a continuation of the Fusionner project seemed natural. For the second rendition, the firm turned to glass fiber paper as an easy material that would not disrupt office life with construction mess.
The installation appears like a shell inside the office, taking residence between the entrance and back balcony. The malleability of the glass fiber paper allowed the design to undulate along the ceiling, curving each layer for a rippling effect. Along the center, artificial marble is stretched in waves that can double as tables, with cut outs for LEDs to shine through and stilted on thin legs to create a floating effect. The cut outs continue on the walls, allowing light from the office to illuminate the interior.
Glowing with blue LED lights throughout, the interior cave gives the office an option to host events and doubles as a saloon, meeting place or lounge, while also functioning as an extra work space.