Pop culture has impacted the lives of many people, surrounding individuals with a storm of ideas, natural influence, a wave of cultural aesthetics. Like a tornado, its influence creates a heavy impact, eventually coming and going over short periods of time. Tokyo Pop Lab draws inspiration from this natural phenomenon,
encasing itself with clouds of concrete and steel. It’s interior lobby pulls inspiration from rain, symbolizing each brilliant idea that has influence pop culture in Japan for centuries. Within the contents of the space, each visitor will take a trip from the past to the present, interacting with the storm of trends to follow.
With access to an elevated seating platform and a recessed stage, the forum section allows each visitor to interact with a variety of guest speakers who are heavily involved in the pop culture industry. Projectors display nightly documentaries for viewers of all ages.
The open design studio features a collection of interactive desks for visitors to design their ideas with. The space provides daily tasks for those willing to learn about the fundamentals of pop culture through design programs and basic knowledge.
The Library includes shelves that feature collections of objects for visitors to interact with via smartphone. Each item comes equipped with a QR code for visitors to scan with their devices. Users are then led to a web site with additional information on each object.
The exhibition hall features a series of frames that incase an archive of past ads, as well as prints of popular pieces of artwork that span across the years of Japan’s pop culture influence. Some frames double as interactive tablets, allowing users to display their own digital drawings.
The café is considered to be the final destination of the pop lab. With a view focused on the park across, the cafe’s interior reflects the outdoor natural elements. The café also features a 'hashtag' wall for visitors to display photos of their visit and individual experiences.