Excavated Book

Juan Robledo

The cut book was representative of House N by Sou Fujimoto, the Japanese house I studied. It was made up of 3 shells, one inside the other. The voids refrained from defining a clear line between interior and exterior, while being strategically placed to give some privacy. That was taken into consideration when removing from the book.

The cover was left on, showing the encasement of the interior “shells” of the book. The pages of the book were separated into 3 parts, the inner-most representing the most private shell, while the two encasing it were reminiscent of the second shell, which encased the previously-mentioned one. This was done by cutting the single page that continued from one cover to the other and held together the pages. Following that, the pages were cut down the binding into 3 sections. Voids were also removed from the cover to reveal the pages within it; they were cut out of both the front and back of the book, as well as from the binding. This was done to show the 3-dimensionality of the book and at the same time personify the house it was mimicking. While each section had negative spaces, only a small void allowed visibility from one cover to the other to emphasize the privacy of the interior shell.

The overall book was successful in that it imitated the Japanese house, using the voids to reveal sections of each level within it. One change that could have been made, however, was to remove increasingly less of the pages from each section within the previous one to represent the increase in privacy from one to the next.

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