The Facade of Light
Tokujin Yoshioka has designed the architectural facade for Galaxy Harajuku in Japan named the Media Surface as a transparent layer of light floating in the air using more than 1000 smart phones.
According to Tokujin, the facade is composed of light to instil a sense of future and the transparent layer of light floating in the air emerges as a memory for the future. Projected by more than 1000 smartphones, the image illuminates the new vision orchestrated by Galaxy’s technology. The only architectural element on this monolithic structure are the Galaxy phones. The real phones are suspended face down on the base of a series of shelves, the floating images that can be seen on the facade are the reflection of light created by a semi-transparent mirror.
Tokujin has worked under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake until he established his own studio, in 2000. Active in the fields of design, architecture and contemporary art, he is highly acclaimed globally with works that reflect the Japanese idea of beauty. Using elements such as light to creates expressions that are unique and surpassing the concept of shape, Tokujin has won many international awards including Design Miami Designer of the Year.
He has designed for Issey Miyake and other global companies such as Cartier, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Toyota, and Lexus, and has announced new works at Salone del Mobile Milano (world’s largest international furniture exhibition) in collaboration with Italian furniture brands, including Kartell, Moroso, Glas Italia and Driade.