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The Magical House by Atelier Bow-Wow and Didier Fiuza Faustino at Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris


The Magical House is a project designed for Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris) by the Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima and Yoichi Tamai, Tokyo) and Didier Fiuza Faustino (Bureau des Mésarchitectures, Paris). These architects have long explored the issue of the habitat, inventing innovative and often provocative ‘machinery / habitats’.


The Atelier Bow-Wow and Didier Fiuza Faustino are among the most outstanding representatives of this generation of architects of the last decade who have emerged to bring a fresh look to the de nitions of architecture hitherto established. Their research on the living conditions in contemporary cities is artis- tically subversive and socially engaged. For this exhibition, The Magical House, the architects have chosen to work with a common material in a logic of cyclical production. This material – wood – used in the construction of the two architectures, is sourced in Portugal, where Didier Fiuza Faustino comes from, and will be returned at the end of the show for a second life. The two houses, rebuilt in the middle of a forest, will be accessible to all.


Although the architects have decided to work with this same material, the cells they present offer visitors two complementary visions.
For this collaboration, Didier Fiuza Faustino designed a polyhedron with rounded edges. Closed on the outside by translucent walls, balancing on one of its sides, “The hermetically sealed structure is stripped, is fragile and unstable. Its balance is jeopardized – a slight inter- vention that henceforth makes it uninhabitable. A home is not a hole becomes autonomous and de facto, sculptural.,It is through a rejection of the act of using architec- ture that the issue of my intervention at the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris is determined. It no longer constitutes a destination for the body, but has its own destination, which is the landscape. ” says Didier Faustino.

Alongside this sensitive, intimate installation, the Atelier Bow-Wow has made the generous offer of a roof- shaped structure the public can enter under to take shelter, or sit upon, making it a place of exchange and conviviality. Both opaque and transparent, this structure reminds us as much of the slatted facades of traditional Japanese townhouses, or machiya, as it does of the roofs of the rst Shinto shrines.

Visitors are invited to experience both architectures plunged into a darkness inhabited by a shadow play of light, and of sound and silence, creating a poetic atmosphere inspired by In Praise of Shadows, the masterpiece by the writer Junichirô Tanizaki, and the concept of the ‘uncanny’ described by Sigmund Freud.
Though the exhibition invites poetic meanderings, it also makes it possible to rethink current urban isssues, the problems of space, but also to question the relationship between individuals and their privacy. “We are living in a time where the notion of ‘home’ has changed and mutated and in which our ways of living and working—the established boundaries between home and social space—have been decons- tructed due to ’globalization’…. A home has become to a great extent an open house in constant change and reconstruction, a space of social dialogue…while the borders separating the inside and the outside, between the established and the alternative, between the self and the other, are quickly blurred and reorganized… ” says curator Hou Hanru (Artistic Director of the National Museum of XXI Century Arts – MAXXI, Rome).

Photo : Graziella Antonini


The Magical House

Didier Fiuza Faustino & Atelier Bow-Wow

from 08/06 to 30/07/2016

Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris

101 bis Quai Branly

75015 Paris