Haunted Play House At The MoCA In Tokyo by Torafu Architects via Yatzer

This ‘Haunted House’ is not like any you will have seen before and comes in the form of a spooky gallery of paintings that at first seem ordinary but soon turn out to have some hidden surprises in store. The concept behind Torafu Architects’ ‘Haunted Play House’ is to challenge perspectives and norms where rules are broken as children are actually encouraged to run, shout and touch – activities usually forbidden in a gallery or a museum. 


Catch-Bowl Shelf (2011) by Torafu Architects 

Production: TANSEISHA Co, Ltd.
Materials: Bent plywood, sycamore, stainless steel, magnet
Size: Ø400mm
Photo: kenpo

We proposed a shelf, focusing on corners, which inevitably exist in every room. When a hemisphere is divided into a quarter and three quarters, the quarter snugly fits into a concave corner and the three quarters onto a convex corner.

Based on this idea, we created a joyful and lightsome shelf that allows the user to adjust its height and also use it as a bowl to enjoy putting things in it just like playing a ball toss game in an athletics festival.

On the lid and at the bottom of the bowl, the radial patterns made by the alternately inverted wood grain of the shiny sycamore sliced veneer seem like twinkling stars.

By splitting into two parts, this bowl catches edges and catches things to become little shelves in the corners of a familiar room. When one part catches its counterpart, they become one whole bowl again.


Gulliver Table (2011) by Torafu Architects

Principle use: EXHIBITION SITE
Structural design: Ohno JAPAN
Production: Ishimaru
Building site: Tokyo Midtown DESIGN TOUCH Park
Design period: 2011.07–10
Construction period: 2011.10.24–26
Duration: 2011.10.28–2011.11.06
Photo: Fuminari Yoshitsugu / TORAFU ARCHITECTS

The Midtown DESIGN TOUCH Park kicked-off in a wide open grass field in Tokyo Midtown where design can be enjoyed with the five senses. Here, we proposed an open stage on which children and adults alike take part in workshops while having fun.

A very long table has suddenly appeared on the lawn. We installed a tabletop running 50 meters in a straight line, as if drawing a horizontal line on the gently sloping grassy field.

The table naturally grows taller as we move along the inclined plane. The structure serves as a symbol for the children’s workshop—it is a floor, a table, a bench, a playground or even a shelter.