Description

Designed and built for Comme des Garcons’ Dover Street Market – New York, the Biotopological Scale-Juggling Escalator is the scaled version of the Reversible Destiny Lifespan Extending Module. The name of the escalator expresses its most active procedure: the Biotopological Scale-Juggling procedure. The ‘wings’ that constitute four of the five rooms of this module are present in the form of scaled-models encountered by the visitor who becomes able to virtually reconstruct the original module. When walking up or down the escalator, a persons encounter with the space allows for a body to increase its awareness of and relationship to its architectural surrounds.

The work of procedural architecture operates against the aging process through a variety of architectural means that trigger cognitive understanding: numerous scales, gradient effective colors, diagonal symmetry, different diameters of four serpentine handrails and different colors of steps, etc.

From the clothing she wears (architectural works contiguous with body-organism) to the architectural surrounds or the areas of volume she inhabits (architectural works which enclose body-organism), a person continually takes cues for what she is to become from his or her architectural surrounding. Arakawa and Gins invite human beings, as "puzzle creatures" to themselves, to use this architecture for studying what goes on as life and learning how to age with grace and magnificence.

PROJECT SPECIFICS:

Completed in 2013

• Size: Approx. 20 ft x 10 ft

• Program: Permanent Installation

• Location: 160 Lexington Avenue, New York NY