Concrete Pod by Kazuya Morita

Concrete technology takes another small and surprising leap, even by exacting Japanese standards, in this delicately perforated pod-for-all-occasions designed by Kazuya Morita. The secret of this remarkable little structure lies in its material and construction. The concrete is fibre-reinforced, a combination of white cement, lightweight aggregate and glass fibre. This mixture was meticulously hand trowelled onto a carved styrofoam mould by skilled plasterers (the traditional Japanese plasterer’s art is known as sakan ). The perforations were created by attaching styrofoam rings to the dome-shaped master mould. When the concrete hardened, the mould was dismantled and removed.

The result is a structure of immense beauty and simplicity. The concrete skin is a mere 15mm thick, with a height and diameter of 1.7m; proportions comparable to those of a hen’s eggshell, according to the architect. Yet this concrete eggshell is also immensely strong and can easily bear the weight of a person. Placed on a raft of tatami mats, the pod becomes a tranquil enclave for contemplation or play. In a forest setting with the sun dappling through the holes, it has a quietly lyrical intensity that seduced the jury, who were also impressed by the ingenuity involved in its making. C. S.

Architect: Kazuya Morita

13 Comments

  • Looks kind of weird. Maybe a tent is still better

  • antro564 says:

    NICE WORK…
    WHAT DID YOU USE…

  • Tuzo says:

    “Looks kind of weird. Maybe a tent is still better”

    Its called design and talent. A tent? this is not to sleep in it…

    Great job! I think it looks awesome!

    • obvious man says:

      How often would you be able to carry this thing around outdoors, just to sit in? It seems to me this concept has no function other than looking interesting, but you can just look at a picture for that.

      • mir says:

        "the pod becomes a tranquil enclave for contemplation or play"..it's made fit for the soul, not for the body..in other words, it's a shelter in the woods, an ordered space for the inner child shelled inside yet open to the above..it has an obvious spiritual function and the photo expresses it without words. a beautiful metaphor!
        and obviously, it's not made to be carried around..as a spiritual exercise, i think it has to be built on site.

    • obvious man says:

      How often would you be able to carry this thing around outdoors, just to sit in? It seems to me this concept has no function other than looking interesting, but you can just look at a picture for that.

      • mir says:

        “the pod becomes a tranquil enclave for contemplation or play”..it's made fit for the soul, not for the body..in other words, it's a shelter in the woods, an ordered space for the inner child shelled inside yet open to the above..it has an obvious spiritual function and the photo expresses it without words. a beautiful metaphor!
        and obviously, it's not made to be carried around..as a spiritual exercise, i think it has to be built on site.

  • Cromagnum says:

    Eggsellent!!

  • cloudpoof says:

    i would really like this in my future home or whatnot. in the backyard partially in the forest but still in a little view from the house. beautiful.

  • mark says:

    can anyone tell me what the mix ratios are for this fabulace thing as id like to construct something useing the white materials and is white cement lime ? thanx guys

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