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What is so similar between Mercedes “Smart” and our “R・toso・C” ?

Text by Yasuhiro Yamashita

Two weeks ago I had a chance to try Mercedes Smart which was scheduled to be previewed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Now that the show ended, I am allowed to share my pictures and writing the report.
Mercedes said that the concept of this car resembles the micro-homes I design in Tokyo.

My concept of small architecture is made up of three keys.
1) Creating a “NU-KE (noo-kay)”, visual and psychological connections between interior and exterior to give a feeling of expansion of space.
2) Think in cross section. Though it is small in the area alone, when you consider it in three dimensions the space becomes wider and richer.
3) Unify colors and textures. When same colors and similar textures are used, optical illusion occurs, and you feel the space wider than it actually is.

These three concepts were so similar to the concept of Smart that Mercedes’ people were surprised.
In addition to this concept, the great thing about this car is like a “flying carpet” expressing the next generation.

There is no steering wheel, the glass not only becomes transparent, but also turns into an information board. There still were safety belts, but it will not be necessary, because car accidents will not occur in the future. Even though I’m not very enthusiastic about cars, I was so astonished, the car lovers would be more excited.
The kids from the neighborhood were also happy to get into the car, which is the only existing one in the world.

I heard about the possibility of this car being actually seen in Tokyo around 2025 and 2030 or later, hindered by the laws of Japan. Words fail me… can’t we see them sooner?

 

Yasuhiro Yamashita will participate in “KOGEI architecture” exhibition.

An exhibition titled “KOGEI architecture” will be held at Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa People’s Gallery B1, B3 from November7. The theme of the exhibition is, “Exploring the possibilities that arise when KOGEI (craft) meets architecture.” Yamashita will participate in the exhibition, and the preparation is going on in our studio.

The title of Yamashita’s art work is “Katagaran?” taken from a local dialect.
A certain traditional craft item of Kanazawa will be used to create something that exists in between craft and architecture.
Here is an image of the study model.
What does “Katagaran?”mean?
Which traditional craft item will be used?
What exactly is it, that exists “in between craft and architecture?”
Please find out in Kanazawa.

Date: 2017.11.7 tue-11.19 sun
Time: 10:00-18:00 (will close at 17:00 on final day)
Admission: free

 

Private: 平塚市K邸 en-test

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