The refurbishment of a nursing home for the elderly by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design in Kawagoe-City near Tokyo features colourful dancing bubbles that evoke the “essence of nature”.
“Refurbishment took place in the lounge area and cafeteria, where these spaces are intended to bring family together and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.” says Emmanuelle Moureaux. “In the lounge area, colorful bubbles are dancing in the air above chairs and sofas colored in shades of green, which give image of green grass and soap bubbles floating in the park on sunny days.”
“These bubbles are in the form of 45 mobiles consisting of 225 spheres in 15 colors creating gentle circular motion in the air. The lounge connects to the cafeteria, weaving workshop, and other spaces, inviting visitors around.”
“In the cafeteria, the dining chairs are colored in shades of blue, reminding of the clear blue sky. The colorful mobiles are visible from the cafeteria through the floor to ceiling height white box shelves, which also divide these spaces. Although being inside, the visitors are able to feel the essence of nature, such as the green, the sky, and the moving wind, being absorbed in the gently dancing bubbles forgetting all about the time.”