Japanese offices generally aren’t the most inspiring of places, with conservatism and practicality the overriding themes. Work is what’s to be done there, so that’s their sole, and thus soulless, role. No startup-like table tennis tables or soft seating — just desks, chairs and drab surroundings.
However, when such spaces are emptied due to a building’s planned demolition, and a bunch of young artists are let loose inside, things can be really quite different.
So much so in fact that it’s almost impossible to imagine the more than likely banal, day-to-day drudgery that once went on there.
Instead there is now brightness.
Plus a real feeling of space.
And perhaps more than anything, a genuine sense of escape.
That’s awesome! They can decorate for me anytime.
Yeah, it was really impressive. If they did, you certainly wouldn’t be lacking talking points when guests came round!
Very cool. I want to get these people to come and do a makeover at the school I work at. 🙂
It’d certainly brighten the classroom up. Might even motivate the kids, although that’s probably too big an ask!
Hans Ter Horst says
Wow, that *is* different from the Japanese offices that I visited, Not sure if I could work in the pink – flowery office, but amazing in any case
It was fascinating walking round, imagining how it had once been. Some names/descriptions were still visible too, which made all the more unusual. But yeah, the colour and patterns in that room would very quickly lose their novelty factor!
Wow… this looks amazing. But do you mean that the building will be demolished later, after the exhibition of this artwork?
Yes, the building itself will be demolished. Surprising really, as it doesn’t seem that old at all. But I suppose that’s not all that unusual in Tokyo.
Theresa Amlong says
I remember going to an exhibit like this before they tore down one of the old (French, I think) Embassies in Azabu. After the entire building was painted so artistically, it felt a shame to have to tear it down.
Theresa Amlong says
It’s called Installation Art, right?
I guess so, yeah.
That sounds like an equally interesting event. The only bad thing is this one will also end in just the same way.
Matt Talbot says
Amazing. Thanks for sharing that. I’m blown away by the talent on show.
Not at all. It was a real pleasure for me to experience it. A really unique event.The photos only represent a fraction of it too. And yes, there was some genuine talent on display.
That girl smoking on that snake thing is such an awesome picture.
Over the 5 or 6 floors there was a lot of good stuff on display. A real pity that it won’t last much longer. Although in many ways that makes it all the more special.