Boolean interior by Torafu Architects


Boolean interior by Torafu architects

Tokyo Design Week: Here's another project by Torafu architects (see previous story). Boolean is the interior for a café space at the University of Tokyo, using punctured wooden surfaces to enclose the space and frame the outside world.

The following text is from Koichi Suzono and Shinya Kamuro of Torafu:


At first the place was just a waiting room with a vending machine and was covered with hard materials, such as stone flooring, walls, and stainless window sash. In order to offset the feeling of such hard materials, we used two L-shaped wooden objects placed in a different orientation, one to be a partition wall, and the other for a bench.

Imagining variously-sized spheres floating around in three-dimensional space, we cut circles out of the partition wall and bench as if the floating spheres burst and made holes on contact with them.

People can see the surrounding scenery through the holes on the partition wall and hang out with other people sitting on the bench.

Holes overlapping each other make the place feel more open as if there were floating spheres passing through the wall and ceiling, and framed scenery through the hole provides people with a new perspective from which to view everyday life.

Posted on Wednesday November 7th 2007 at 2:10 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • samov

    cheese architecture… if it was 10 by 20 cm it would have surely been cheese… BUT have it made 10 by 20 meters and you have cheese architecture… guess Bigness and SMLXL were right… size does matter… in architecture and food

  • EonS OneS

    Hahahahah. didnt think of that. I initialy thought Graf bubbles derived from spraycans.

  • The first thing that came to my mind was that space can be transformed so easily with such simple things. Cheese came to my mind, but only for a second. A waiting room, a very boring place, at least the idea of it. A bit of creativity, some bubble subtractions and some wood, a place that is tied up with such an empty idea is transformed into such a fun and dynamic place. Great job!

  • haya

    it looks like cheese but not cheesy…
    it’s open and dynamic feel i got from the bubbles form
    but if the hole is too much it will make the guests confuse

    but,of all…it’s really cool! two thumbs up!

  • very nice…

  • john galax

    the shape is nice , but may be some corners would hurt somebody, some corners are very sharp i think

  • norina abdul

    It really reminds me of mickey and minnie mouse. Very playfull !!

  • Jamshid Rahmetoglu

    Do you know what wood is used?