Rainbow carpet, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Biennale, 2021

Junya Ishigami + Associates en tant que Architectes.

A carpet resembling a rainbow. Forming an arc like a rainbow, spread thinly over a large area like a carpet. A rainbow carpet will be installed by the canal in front of the Art Gallery. A vast carpet 77m wide and 30m deep, with an area of 2310m2, that will billow up from the ground to a height of five meters, as if floating above the water.

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The rainbow carpet will be made by sewing bricks together with wire. Holes will be made in the bricks, and steel wire of 1cm diameter passed through them, fastening the huge number of bricks together, and reinforcing the arched brick construction. Thus a very thin brick membrane will float lightly as if wafting on the breeze. A carpet resembling a rainbow. Large holes made in this large membrane will offer views of the sparkling water below.

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On this rainbow carpet floating up from the streets, people will distance themselves from the bustle of the city, and relax for a while. Beneath the rainbow carpet covering the canal, people will take refuge from the intense sunlight, and gazing upon the sky from the canal bank, enjoy the light streaming down, and spend a quiet afternoon in the comfortable embrace of the shade. The rainbow carpet will be a new public open space for Nakhon Ratchasima. The rainbow carpet will be a new landscape for Nakhon Ratchasima.

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The rainbow carpet will be a thin, light brick membrane. The rainbow carpet will journey alongside Nakhon Ratchasima through history. The rainbow carpet will be a fossil of a rainbow.

Team:
Architects: junya.ishigami+associates ―Junya Ishigami principal, Masayuki Asami project-leader, Laura Pasquier project-manager 
Client: OCAC, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture
Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers Co., Ltd., structural 
Translated by: Pamela Miki

SPONSORS
Material support: SGC

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