Welcome back to Fantasy Friday! Last time I posted for this series, I featured the City of No. 6 and the project it’s seemingly modeled after.
I’m still continuing this theme for a couple weeks to catch up with my backlog of posts. This week I’m featuring the homes of Safu and Shion!
In the beginning of the series, we see that these two are a part of the “elite” part of society as Shion and Safu are apart of the “gifted curriculum”.
Safu’s house is one of the first of the residential type buildings that we see in the elite society of No. 6. The first element that caught my eye was the garden surrounding the house. The lush greenery of the garden projects a type of “Eden” being provided to the Elite society. I’ve also made note of this in my Ouran High School Campus, but the use of the garden is quite similar to the elaborate and notably famous French Formal Gardens. Large expanses of ground sculpted with plants, paths and water features. Safu’s house overall doesn’t speak a whole lot to me. It seems like a typical house. However, the entryway arch is an interesting touch as it serves as a trellis for plants but it lacks what most trellis’ are known for – it’s arch. I like this modern look to the entryway, it’s probably the more eye-catching piece of the house.
On the other hand, Shion’s house gives off a different kind of feel compared to Safu’s. Right off the bat we see a white box, mixed with sharp angles which denotes the minimalism that is often depicted in modern/post-modern architecture. Most say that the modernism can be attributed as the more “boring” of era’s due to the minimal design approach. But most forget that the modern era was not necessarily focused on the aesthetics of the building, but rather the construction, materials and the evolution of technology mixed with that.
Again, I want to point out the use of the landscape in front of Shion’s house. French Formal Gardens are usually on flat expanses of ground that stretch on and on. Shion’s garden is much more stepped as clearly his house is built atop a hill. While Safu resides in a more french garden, Shion’s house reminds me of an Italian Renaissance Garden, especially the terraces depicted in the image. The moment I saw this, I thought of it as a modern take on a famous garden in Tivoli, Villa d’Este.
Villa d’Este is known for it’s terraced garden and the profuse amount of water features. The Villa is now a UNESCO world heritage site and an Italian State Museum. When studying up on the history of architecture, this is often discussed due to the flourish of landscape architecture in that era.
Formal gardens were used as a way to impose order over nature. I know, that sounds really cliche and really bad, but it’s history! The basic principal of Formal Gardens are really to showcase the harmony and order that can come together via man and nature. The more famous French gardens were a result of paying homage to it’s predecessor in the Italian Renaissance Garden which in turn also stems from the ideals of Ancient Rome, in which geometric shapes, symmetry and water features to create a sense of movement within the garden and all kinds of pathways around the garden allowing the viewer to walk through them at a leisurely pace. I’d also like to interject that these gardens reflect the affluent side of society, who else could afford to take leisurely strolls in the vast expanse of an estate for funsies?
However, I’d also like to add that despite these garden’s expressing man’s control over nature, that they also represent the “garden of eden”, a type of paradise found in growing cities that eventually turned into busy metropolitans.
The fact that No. 6 was already an enclosed city, for them to use landscape to further differentiate classes was another callback to the European gardens. They belonged to a specific part of society, and if you’ve seen the series, you will have noticed the immense use of greenery that sets them apart from the rest of the world. The gardens of the elite society of No. 6 are parallel to the what these gardens meant to showcase: wealth and exclusivity.
That wrap’s up this week’s Fantasy Friday! Have you seen the anime No.6 ? Did you pick up on the differences of Shion’s elite life compared to where he ended up? I’ll discuss the other parts of No. 6 in future posts! So stay tuned!
Did you like what you read and learned? Did you have an anime in mind for me to watch? I’ve had a few people submit some requests which has me really excited to look into! Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂