The 52nd floor of Mori Arts Center Gallery was the location of the latest BMW Art Car Exhibition, âTransparent Speedâ, and for architect Jun Aoki who designed it the sky was the limit. âIt's a very fine idea to have cars floating high up in the skyâ, said Aoki, thrilled to see his exhibition design of cars in clouds become a reality.
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Roppongi Hills Mori Tower wrapped in a layer of mist on cloudy days wasnât enough. Instead, Aoki took as his starting point for the design his understanding of âTransparent Speedâ, or the experience of how people sense speed. âItâs not an ordinary environment where cars are moving and you can feel the airflowâ, he explained âI wanted people to feel movement while seeing the art cars on display to feel the air in the gallery space moving, and feel resistanceâ.
So Aoki filled the gallery with 10,000 transparent, polycarbonate pipes to give the air a sense of substance, providing visitors with a resistance a bit like wind. Strung from the ceiling in different lengths, people feel as if theyâre walking on top of, inside or underneath clouds. A sense of speed is created with special lighting effects. âThe exhibitionâs design adds a vibrant energy to the art cars, while bringing visitors high-up into the airâ, says Aoki.
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