December 20th, 2007
The neighbour across the road from the Yoyogi House stepped out onto the road to intercept us when we walked up to the site this morning. She was excited about the color of the house, acting as spokeswoman for the neighbours on the street, who apparently were surprised to see this floating pink animal appear seemingly from nowhere, once the scaffolding was taken down – even money she was speaking for herself as well.
In fact the color is rose-orange, but in the right light, pink works well enough as a description. For us though, more than the color the appearance of a box hanging out in space – resting only on a single outstretched arm – is mesmerising. once the flashing is installed on the roof, and the textile/landscape blocks laid down the effect promises to be very strong. It will also be very nice to see the parking area cleaned of the equipment. There has literally been no room for the workmen to practice their trades for most of this project and now the last remaining open space is in the parking lot. Will be nice to see it open and clear in just a few more days.
the next few days will focus on finishing the interior and the landscape, the latter having got a good start, now the garden has been filled with soil.
on the interior, most of the doors and furniture has been installed. below is the kitchen unit. We tried a small experiment this time, choosing to design it ourselves and have it made by a furniture maker, instead of going with a large manufacturer, which is more typical. While we have never really been disatisfied by the work of the large companies, they do not offer very much choice in terms of design. We wondered if it was possible to get our own design made for the same cost, or cheaper. The result; we can do it ourselves for less, without losing out on quality at all. A very happy lesson learned.