TWELVE HANGING GARDENS: A TOKYO FASHION MUSEUM
The museum refuses to be timeless, just as fashion has never been constant. The appearance of the museum evolves
with its immediate surroundings and metamorphoses with the four distinct seasons. The twelve hanging gardens are
designed to bloom and wilt, all at the will of nature. These distinct sensorial perceptions interact and engage the
public to address the intimate relationship between the human occupant and nature beyond. The architecture is
dematerialized, whereas the nature is absorbed into its surroundings, connecting with the fabric of Tokyo.
Exhibition spaces are defined by the hanging crystalline boxes, each dedicated to exhibits from a particular era.
Above them nature is suspended, consisting of twelve specific gardens typologies. The gardens respond to the seasons
and climatic conditions, where cherry blossoms to Zen gardens are reinterpreted in a playful and dynamic way to give
the museum a constantly changing disposition.
Acknowledgment/ Team Credits:
Designers: Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu;
Project Team: Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, Jiaxin Chum, Nick Gu
Project Client/ Summary: Tokyo International Competition, Fashion Museum in Omotesando; Size: 4000 m2, Height 100m