We meet the architect giving a new lease of life to a brutalist complex in London and find out how a brewery in Athens became the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Plus: Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto on his upcoming exhibition in London.
Source by Monocle 24: Monocle on Design
We report from the Resite conference in Prague and explore the theme: ‘accommodate’. From businesses, to homes and people: how should cities be planned to ensure there is enough space for everyone? Featuring Jeanne Gang, Sou Fujimoto, Elizabeth Streb and Dara Huang.
Source by Monocle 24: The Urbanist
Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido on 1971. After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2005, he received the Architectural Review Award, a much coveted international award among young architects, 3 years consecutively (including the Grand Prize in 2006). In 2008, he was invited to be on the panel of judges for the same award. In the same year, he won the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects) award and the highest award at the World Architectural Festival for the Private House division, and was selected as "Design Vanguard" in the Architecture Record magazine. In 2009, he won the Design Awards for wallpaper magazine. In 2010, he was awarded the Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize. His book Primitive Future published in 2008 became the best-selling architectural book of the year. EL croquis SOU FUJIMOTO was also published in 2010.
His architectural designs pursue new shapes and spaces that exist between nature and artificiality and will undoubtedly continue to evolve in the future.
We talk to Sou Fujimoto, the architect behind this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Plus all the news from Belgrade Design Week and a short history of lights in Paris. Jun 11, 2013
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Recorded: April 15, 2014
Sou Fujimoto established his Tokyo-based firm in 2000. His practice seeks to challenge the definition of architecture by blending interior and exterior, structure and furniture, natural landscape and architecture. Based primarily in his home country of Japan, Fujimoto draws architectural inspiration from nature and embraces openness, flexibility, and transparency across his work.
In this Current Work lecture, titled “Between Nature and Architecture,” Fujimoto presents three conceptual early works and six recent projects. The early unbuilt projects, conceived of following his graduation from the University of Tokyo in 1994, illustrate the formation of principles that have carried through to today, including abandonment of solid walls and the design of spaces without fixed function. Finding inspiration in the traditional Japanese engawa, a narrow veranda that serves as passageway between house and garden, Fujimoto translates these “ambiguous, in-between spaces” into his contemporary buildings.
The six completed and current projects he discusses are:
- The Serpentine Pavilion 2013 (London), a cloud-like temporary structure built for the Serpentine Gallery’s annual series
House NA (Tokyo), a small, transparent house composed of many individual floor plates at varied heights
- Toilet in Nature (Ichihara, Chiba, Japan), a public toilet situated in a landscaped garden
- House N (Oita, Japan), a private house built as a “box in a box in a box” with large openings to the outdoors
- Musashino Art University Library (Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan), entirely composed of bookshelves to create the impression of an endless library
- L’Arbre Blanc (Montpellier, France), a high-rise apartment building with large balconies of varied size and placement
These projects represent how Sou Fujimoto Architects translates uniform systems — such as a grid of steel tube, 3.5 by 1.5 meter floor plates, or repeating bookshelves — into structures that eliminate traditional divisions between indoor and outdoor and challenge perceptions of space and form.
The Current Work series invites significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment to present their work and ideas to a public audience.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 2:00pm
Introduction by Jeffrey Inaba
Toyo Ito, Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
Kazuyo Sejima, S A N A A
Sou Fujimoto, Sou Fujimoto Architects
Akihisa Hirata, Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office
Junya Ishigami, Junya Ishigami + Associates
Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP
Jeffrey Inaba, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Offering a panorama of internationally-acclaimed and up-and-coming architects from Japan, the panel will present past and current projects and discuss shared architectural themes that extend across the three generations of practitioners.
Presented in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The exhibition A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond is open March 13- July 4, 2016
Special thanks to Sachi Hoshikawa and Akihisa Hirata for coordination and organization in support of this event.
Sou Fujimoto, architect of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, takes the Build Your Own Pavilion challenge and makes a model of a Pavilion out of paper.
Sou Fujimoto interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010. Produced by the Institute of the 21st Century with support from ForYourArt, The Kayne Foundation, Brenda R. Potter, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros
Architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano discuss the concepts behind the design of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, as well as the history of the Commission with 2013 and 2014 architects, Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radić and Serpentine Directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist, in a conversation moderated by Sarah Ichioka.