NISSAN CUBE 2040 by Shantesh Angandi



Shantesh Angandi



Japan: A Culture Nurtured by Woods
Culture inspired sustainability

The Japanese tradition of architecture is rooted in deep philosophical depths with simple but evocative structures. It almost feels like a space cut out of the room, which cuts off direct light and thereby opens up a new world.

Japanese culture and design offer many lessons in sustainability, innovation, and aesthetics. From the use of locally sourced material to incorporating natural elements and negative space, Japanese design promotes a harmonious relationship between human-made and natural environments. The wooden skyscapers-W350 project, as a prime example of this design philosophy, demonstrates how architecture can serve as a tool for promoting sustainability, while also showcasing the beauty and cultural significance of traditional building materials such as wood.

Japan’s culture is deeply rooted in the use of woo. From traditional architecture to arts and crafts, wood has played vital role in shaping Japanese aesthetics and way of life. Adding to that, forests have played a vital role in country’s cultural and economic development for centuries. Traditional Japanese culture places a great emphasis on the relationship between humans and nature, and this had led to a deep respect for trees and forests. The Japanese culture has always recognized the importance of sustainable forest management practices for economic, spiritual and cultural importance in its society. Many Japanese people have deep reverence for the ‘tree’ and see them as sacred depictions of nature. This project aims to be an ode to this legacy while solving problems and connecting to the culture of the city and people.

This project is particularly targeted towards the younger generation in Japan, known as Gen-Z. A generation known for being environmental conscious with a high concern for sustainability.
Nissan cube answers the question of sustainability in form of a machine which is designed for Tokyo, where space is limited, by creating a space which can be used as a secondary space i.e., to provide privacy and seclusion as well as openness whenever needed. With the use of opaque and minimal openings, the space creates sense of enclosure and privacy. This allows for more intimate and a contemplative experience, where the focus is on the interior space and its relation to the natural world, rather than on external distractions.

Since wood is the main element of the concept, it is used right from the core i.e., interior, which is milled, and acts as the main assembly component for other peripherals, which are attached by using ‘Kigumi’ i.e., Japanese woodworking practices. This style has specialized joints, making it modular with less energy consumption, generating niche and skilled employment with customization opportunities.
The cube is a space which connects primary use with nature, where your parking space becomes your gateway to a relaxed environment while the observer revels in its stunning beauty. Since Japanese love their cars and utilitarian aspects, this concept will satisfy the masses by adopting a smaller footprint and greater space for goods.


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