July 29 – September 17, 2018
A pavilion was designed and built as a temporary structure on the playground of Otajima village in the Echigo Tsumari region, Japan. It was a hybrid between a large programmed water sound instrument – a system of pipes, pumps, timers, nozzles and contraptions – and an intimate water park. It also featured a garden with raised vegetable beds – the biggest one containing the village’s ceremonial rice field. Otajima pavilion was a precisely calibrated system of relationships between locals, visitors, splashing water, water sounds, produce growth and architectural space.
Otajima pavilion was a part of ‘Futurity Island’ initiative, which started in 2017 in collaboration with Urbonas Studio as a research into new forms of sharing and producing knowledge, sensing and designing environment and mapping local material culture.