The City of Anyang, South Korea commissioned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to design a public art piece upon a beautiful woodland site. Swirling around the trees like a Paper Snake, the habitable sculpture is made from sandwiched honeycomb cardboard. The folded platform envelops the space and frames the forest to provide a temporary refuge for people in nature.
The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the Paper Snake frames parts of the woodland and offers people shelter from the elements. Made from 40mm thick paper core honeycomb compressed by two FRP sheets, the Paper Snake co-exists with the surrounding nature.
Recyclable, lightweight and super strong, honeycomb cardboard’s beauty lies in its translucent quality and unique geometrical body. The material’s porosity gently lets the light and shadows pass through to provide a calming natural environment. And during the night Kuma’s sculpture creates a completely different, but still very magical, story.
Photos by Kengo Kuma