The Koyori Tower sculpture, created in collaboration with Yuta Tsukano, depicts a truncated cone tower assembled with koyori paper ropes arranged in a net. In Japanese, the word "koyori" refers to a rope made of paper and rolled into a thin cylinder that is often used for traditional celebrations: in Japanese culture, the attempt to roll a sheet of paper into a koyori embodies the purification from suffering and a ritual for a better future. Thus, inspired by tradition, Kazuya and Yuta have created a koyori tower that aims to be a tower of prayer for the community, using white color to recall purity of spirit and balance.
Principal First class Architect in Japan Kazuya Katagiri, born in 1981, graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2007 and co-founded Lopez Katagiri ARCHITECTS (Mexico) in 2007 and founded Katagiri Architecture + Design (Tokyo) in 2014. He also served as a project architect at Kengo Kuma & Associates from 2010 to 2014. He taught design studio at Universidad de Monterrey, at Kogakuin University, and also worked as a program associate at Kengo Kuma Laboratory at The University of Tokyo.