Gabriel Leung (he/him)
The Wagashi Expo I // Museum
Since its glory days as the capital of Japan (794), Kyoto has managed to cultivate a flourishing tradition of artisanship for over 1200 years. Yet with the recent economic recession and changing habits of a new generation, artisanship in Kyoto is facing a noticeable decline.
Wagashi, meaning Japanese confectioneries, are traditional Japanese artisan sweets that are typically enojyed after a tea ceremony. Wagashi come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, and are often intricately designed to reflect the seasons and other elements of Japanese culture. With the rise of Western-style desserts and other global food culture, younger generation have started to lose interest in the traditional craft, leaving the industry at risk of surviving in the rapdly changing world.
My thesis thus, aims to create a two-part architectural scheme in the heart of Kyoto promoting the craftmanship of Wagashi and to provide immersive experience via projection mapping and architecture, showcasing the new identity and possibility of the artisanship.
The Wagashi Expo II // Pavilion
Continued as a second part of the scheme, the pavilions situated in the Imperial Palace act as outdoor extensions for the museum program. Each exhibited area represents a key stage of Japanese confectioneries making, allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the world of the Wagashi Artisanship as they walk along the curated circulation.