Tasked with the challenge of creating an environment inside an international shipping container for the 2013 Kobe Biennale, Japanese designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created Wink Space, a mind-bendingly trippy tunnel similar to a giant kaleidoscope. The immersive installation was constructed with mirrors that formed a multi-faceted, reflective surface inside the shipping container, creating a breathtaking, psychedelic environment that could change completely as a person walked through it.
To create this prism-like, modular installation, the duo folded one giant mirror sheet like origami, then connected the 1,100 triangular panels with zippers. “We wanted to create the world's first zipper architecture,” Shirane says. “In other words, this polyhedron is completely connected by zippers. And in order to facilitate even more radical change some of the surfaces open and close like windows.”
Wink Space went on to win an award at the Kobe Biennale, as well as a CS Design Award and an A' Design Award. To learn more about the four-hour long assembly process, check out behind-the-scenes photos, here.