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Shoji at CITA


In Shoji the textile membrane is used a spatial divider rather than curtain. Shoji is Japanese name of the paper wall, thin, translucent and infinitely more vulnerable than the rest of the architectural frame. Shoji works with the same textile system as Sifter. Here, the knitted fabric is stretched out on frames that divide the space and construct a window to the world.


Shoji is part of an architectural demonstrator and as such, more abstract than the former curtains. However, it uses the same language of perforations to draw in the poetic narration of a transitional world. Here, the pattern is devised to resonate with the material make-up of the fibreglass panels that make up the demonstrator pavilion. Into this base striation, further intensifications are introduced creating a cloud like deepening of perforation and light. The two textiles screens that respectively make up the dividing wall and the curtain are inversions creating a positive-negative effect like sky and earth or day and night.


The textiles are directly architectural in the senses that they are employed to make space. But they also hold a poetic ambition to transform or reinterpreted the rational layout of the fibreglass structure. They bring the soft into the hard, the vulnerable into the durable and the patterned into the uniform.

The programmed knitted skin serves as light weight trans-
lucent walls in the 1:1 glass fiber house by KHR Architects.
The project explores the idea of light weight walls inspired from Japanese architecture tradition.


Date / 2016
Location / Copenhagen
Collaboration / CITA & KHR Architects



Images by Anders Ingvartsen


Knitting pattern
Illustration of the textile walls
Images by Anders Ingvartsen


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