Art Project

The Portrait of Aomi 3-chome Frontier

2.5 architects (Fumika Morito + Shingei Katsu)

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The interactive project by 2.5 architects involves landfills. They will conduct fieldwork and collaborative exhibition/installations using recyclable materials, to explore unsettled areas called “Aomi 3-chome frontier”, the latest reclaimed lands in Tokyo. We aim to expose the issues of our daily lives through our project that embodies the sense of this specific site.

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2020 is a year that this final landfill site, filled with garbage from the metropolis, would be converted to a venue for the Olympics. Is it possible to find any genius loci in such a place that keeps changing every moment?
According to geologists, we are in an era where the current sea levels are miraculously stable. Although most cities were built on shores and reclaimed lands, we have no idea when the sea levels will shift. “Aomi 3-chome frontier” is fleeting from a global perspective, but at the same time is a land that has been developed and reclaimed over the years. It is a frontier of the metropolis as well as an area most likely to disappear in the sea.
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(As of March 2020)

1: “The Portrait of Aomi 3-chome Frontier” concept sketch, 2019
2: “The Portrait of Aomi 3-chome Frontier” A grassy field of reclaimed land, 2019, Photo by Fumika Morito
3: “The Portrait of Aomi 3-chome Frontier” A collection place of steel scraps, 2019, Photo by Fumika Morito

Artist

2.5 architects (Fumika Morito + Shingei Katsu)

First-class registered architectual firm founded by female architects, Fumika Morito and Shingei Katsu. Taking the theme of 2D/3D and nature/decorative art, they are engaged in an expanding range of activities that include architecture, product design, and installation. To date, they have participated in numerous exhibitions including “Yarn of the sounds” (Trolls in the Park, Tokyo, 2019), “Communication Beyond Words 2018” (ASJ Tokyo Cell, Tokyo, 2018), and “Ophelias” (Nakanojo Beinnale, Gunma, 2015). Architectural projects include House of Takamori in Totsukawa Village (2017), Ubara Beachouse (2017), and Ichinoseki Kunpu Noen (2018).
Photo by Fumika Morito

Member

Fumika Morito
Architect, Artist, Photographer

Born in Tokyo in 1987, Fumika Morito is a first-class registered architect. She received an MA in Architecture from the School of Creative Science and Engineering at Waseda University in 2012. After working for Shigeru Ban Architects, she co-founded 2.5 architects in 2013. Exhibitions include “Invisible to the eyes” (Café 568, Tokyo, 2019), “Kakegawa Sakei” (Kakegawa Chaennale, 2018), Ashiya Photo Exhibition (2018), ADAN Architects of the Year Award (2017), “Chatsumi An” (Kakegawa Chaennale, 2017), “Ophelia IV” (East West Art Award exhibition at Posk Gallery & La Galleria in London, 2017), and Fuji Film Photo Audition (awarded Bronze Prize, 2007).

Shingei Katsu
Architect, Artist, Architectural Historian

Born in Suzhou, China in 1988, Shingei Katsu is a first-class registered architect. She received an MA in Architecture from the School of Creative Science and Engineering at Waseda University in 2012. While working for Sou Fujimoto Architects, she led various projects such as Bus stop:krumbach, Mirrored Gardens, Whale Museum, and the trophy design for Vogue Woman of the Year 2013. In 2013, she co-founded 2.5 architects. As an architectural historian, she is also conducting research into architecture of China and Europe, and has published papers on hydraulic machinery in the 18th century. She was awarded First prize in the Waseda Architecture Grand-prix in 2012, and was a member for AIJ Special Research Committee on the Architectural Treatises and Theory (2017-18).

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