Housing Estate N
At Tokyo Design Festa I came across this wonderfully excentric artist and her work, a miniature abandoned housing estate done entirely in corrugated cardboard stock. I must apologize for the terrible photos, but the abandoned building drew quite a crowd in a very dark room and I didn’t feel I had the right to linger while adjusting my camera settings too much.
The artist tells the story of a continually evolving but seemingly abandoned housing estate project called 第N無人居住区, or roughly in English: Abandoned Housing Estate Number N. Apparently she has been working continually on this project since 2001 and the amount of details is pretty amazing. Some rooms are lit and furnished whilst others are dark and empty. Fans provide a functioning ventilation system throughout the estate and while it might seem abandoned there’s actually a few spirits haunting empty stairwells and corridors.
I have a massive soft spot for eccentric world builders like this artist and can totally see how one could become obsessed with building and extending a virtual city like this. In fact, at least three of my previous posts have been about this theme: A Paper Craft Castle On the Ocean, A Cityscape of Polysthyrene – Satomi Suzuki and The Coolest Pop Out Cards.
At her site you can find much better photos, a virtual house and much more information about this art project. Naturally, it’s all in Japanese. She also runs a blog and has published a CD with music inspired by this amazing paper building.