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. Skop



20’-0” x 40’-0” x 77’-0”
gestation period:: 12 months
Tokyo, Japan
purifier
underground canaling
create channel > analyze sample > purify
labyrinth connector / telescopic observing / telescopic joint





Underneath the streets of Tokyo, there lies an ever-growing network of purifying canals.
Skop is a series of stationary Stranj(ers) rooted in Shibuya. Their roots are constantly expanding, sampling the soil, and purifying the radioactive remnants of a historical disaster. Once an area is decontaminated, the roots open up, creating an underground world where the user can trust in the destination and enjoy the path. Each path ultimately ends at the Skop park, where the tunnels connect with a Skop. Once the user arrives at the Skop, they are free to experiment and even get into the unoccupied telescopic pods. Each telescopic pod is capable of pairing  up with another pod to create an external bridge between the two Skops.

Skop is disorienting. Once one finds themselves in a Skop, orientation will have no meaning. The visitor can only orient themselves by observing the context through the telescopic pods.
The Skopers, Skop’s permanent occupants, are permanently assigned a telescopic pod for the duration of their residence. For shorter term  residence, one can re-purpose the arrangement grid. Each Skoper is fully in charge of their telescope and can determine whether they would like to be connected to another Skop at any given time.


Mark