by Andi Schmied
Noguchi Town is a place where nobody has ever been to and maybe nobody ever will. However, one can get close to it. A range of unexplainable situations lead to Noguchi Town which are familiar but difficult to identify. Stairs leading nowhere, doors that cannot be opened, small concrete buildings which once stopped somebody doing something, walled-up faucets, – it is the town of the absolute present moment.
The town puts aside functionality, practicality, and perfection. In their place, architectural elements – which would look eccentric elsewhere – are a natural part of the landscape, giving an alternative reading of urban life as it is defined by the built environment.
The name of the town refers to sculptor, designer and architect Isamu Noguchi, and to the exuberant frame of mind with which he created urban plazas that combined European modernism and Japanese design culture.