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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dancing Bubbles

By Teresa Simon
Photography: Daisuke Shima/ Nacasa& Partners; courtesy the architects
 
Shinjeun Nursing Home - Dancing Bubbles by Ar. Emmanuelle Moureaux
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Conceptualized and designed by architect and designer, Emmanuelle Moureaux, the Shinjuen Nursing Home in Kawagoe-City, near Tokyo, has been turned into a warm and friendly centre that not only welcomes the ailing into a positive ambience, but also nurtures feelings of joy and well being.

Sometimes, a simple thought can go a long way in defining an ambience and a function. At the designated facility providing nursing care services for the elderly, together with day service and home care service, in view of supporting an enriching lifestyle for the community, recently had its lounge and cafeteria renovated.

Shinjeun Nursing Home - Dancing Bubbles by Ar. Emmanuelle Moureaux
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Taking a cue from its location amidst lush green surroundings, the architect has worked on a metaphoric concept,where she uses a simple ‘happy’ concept of dancing bubbles to infuse the otherwise functionally austere space with vibrancy and warmth.

Shinjeun Nursing Home - Dancing Bubbles by Ar. Emmanuelle Moureaux
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She suspends colourful bubbles from the ceiling in the lounge area– shades of green to represent lush nature: green grass and soap bubbles floating in the park on a sunny day; blue to represent the sky; almost instantaneously catching the eye of visitors and emotionally transporting them onto a different level.

Shinjeun Nursing Home - Dancing Bubbles by Ar. Emmanuelle Moureaux
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Conceived as mobiles, totaling to 45 mobiles, 225 spheres in 15 colours create a melange of gentle circular motion in the air above a cacophony of green deep padded  seating clusters in the lounge.  The lounge connects to the cafeteria, weaving workshop, and other spaces, providing uninterrupted views of this ceiling art installation through the floor-to-ceiling white box shelves, that hold handcrafted weaves and pottery art made by the facility users and doubles up as a room divider. 
 
Shinjeun Nursing Home - Dancing Bubbles by Ar. Emmanuelle Moureaux
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The inherent theory behind the coloured baubles is based on the psychology of colour therapy and succeeds at accomplishing its purpose, as you notice the cheerful camaraderie despite the bleak functional aspect of the nursing home. 


2 comments :

  1. simple but clever! Bringing lightness to a place very much...

    Patrizia Floriello, Kitchen Designer/Consultant at Hub Kitchen Design

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  2. Gladys Juarez - Arquitecta at SOJUGMAOctober 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    I love when a simple object makes a big difference in an architectural design.

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