JELLY FISH-3 1997
The guest pavilion sits on a tiny island in a vast lake. The islet, just
70 meters long, is no more than 750 meters from the shore, so electricity
and drinking water are supplied from land. But there is no bridge; access
is only by boat.
This work is preceded by two other waterfront "Jelly
Fish" plans, a seaside vacation home done in 1990 and "Jelly Fish-2" for a museum facing the sea, in
One of the greatest charms of water is its buoyancy. In a way, water
gives things wings. To experience what it is like to defy gravity one need
not go into orbit in outer space but simply know the feel of being
On land, we can move only forward and backward, right and left. In water,
we can also move upward and downward, in whatever direction we desire. A
totally new world unfolds there, the marvel of which we can understand through
experience. Real appreciation of a space that allows free movements requires
experience. Knowing is one thing and understanding is another. Only in water
can we truly grasp the three-dimensionality of space.
The character of water changes instantaneously according to the action
of wind and light. Through that action, water can serve as a filter that
can in turn alter the wavelength as well as the reflectivity and
The Jelly Fish series is a prototype for experimenting
with light and water. One of its aims is the attempt to give material substance
to the invisible power of buoyancy. Another is to transform actual space
The first Jelly Fish led to "Mura-no-Terrace 95" ,a completed work facing a mountain stream. Part of "Jelly Fish-2" was realized as a semi-transparent, free-curved surface volume, "K-Museum 96" ,located on reclaimed land along the sea. I hope that this third time "Jelly Fish-3" will be built according to plan.