Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tunnel vision

In terms of strange-looking architecture a nine or ten storey rusting monolith takes some beating. When we got to the front door it turns out to be a huge gaming centre with the exterior replicating rusting steel and the entire interior designed to give the effect of being inside a first person shooter game. The centrepiece is an elaborate (although somewhat overwrought) recreation of the walled city of old Kowloon in Hong Kong complete with washing lines, rickety staircases, neon and grime. It's amazing how quickly this environment captures and convinces you and no more so than on leaving. After carefully picking your way across stepping stones in a pool of lurid green liquid, doors slide open and you are abruptly dumped out into a car park. A real world car park in Kawaksaki, Tokyo, that is.