- toshihiro komatsu home Inverted Office N51-113 反転したオフィス N51-113
- Works 1998
Office N51-113
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139
public intervention
Cambridge, U.S.A. 1998

17.5 x 9.5 x 14.5 (feet)
brick, glass block, concrete, wood, Plexiglass and etc.

アメリカ合衆国 ケンブリッジ 1998年

17.5 x 9.5 x 14.5 (フィート)
Process of construction and dismantling

In the fall of 1998 I reconstructed a full scale inverted replica of my private office as a free standing pavilion extracted from the building proper. This pavilion, situated at the entrance gate of the courtyard of building N51 was carefully replicated using identical materials and exact scale for every detail. By inverting the walls of my office, interior and exterior surfaces are exactly turned inside-out, transforming my private space into a public sign.

The interior of the Inverted Office N51-113 is freely accessed from the small alley that is uncontrolled by local parking regulations. As a result, the 'interior' of the pavilion is potentially occupied by the public as an extension of this alley, as it represents free public domain, into the private space of the courtyard.

In late January 1999, I began the meticulous dismantling of the pavilion, piece by piece, retracing the construction process backwards, from end to beginning completing the cycle.