Up in the air: Art museum exhibits cloud in a cube

11 : 08 : 2013 Art : Sublime Architecture : Glass Architecture

Tokyo – Japanese studio Tetsuo Kondo Architects has collaborated with environmental engineering firm Transsolar to create Cloudscapes, a cloud inside a cube on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

The teams created the perfect weather conditions to form a cloud by pumping three different types of air into a glass cube. A layer of hot air was pumped to the top of the cube, while hot humid air and then cold, dry air were introduced below it. The mixture of air created a cloud that visitors were invited to walk through on a staircase in the middle of the cube.

‘Cloudscapes is, in effect, an experiment in creating a new type of architectural space,’ said the studio in a statement, ‘one that achieves integration in engagement with its environment.’

The exhibit is an example of our Sublime Materiality design direction, in which designers inject whimsy into interiors and create transient spaces.