Who is Sou Fujimoto?
One of the most creative and influential Japanese architects today, Sou Fujimoto opened the exhibition season at Japan House London with his first UK solo exhibition SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE (22 June – 05 August 2018) in collaboration with TOTO GALLERY • MA. This show featured Fujimoto’s current projects and his experimental projects for the future. Simultaneously, the display 'Architecture is Everywhere' in The Shop at Japan House London, playfully re-imagined everyday objects as architectural spaces as Fujimoto investigated the concept of ‘Found Architecture’.
Born in Hokkaido in 1971, Fujimoto graduated from the University of Tokyo’s Department of Architecture in 1994. He went on to establish Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. Since then, Fujimoto has worked on a broad list of commissions, ranging from domestic to institutional works.
Inspired by organic structures such as the nest, the cave and the forest, Fujimoto’s signature buildings often discuss the relationship between architecture and the built environment. He views the relationship between architecture and nature as complementary and sees that integrating the two can create a higher quality of design. Such coherence, together with a well-conceived idea, contributes to the spatial quality of a designed space.
His work demonstrates how architectural design does not necessarily need to intervene, but can respect and work with what already exists, as seen in an exploration below of his most well-known works which point toward the potential architecture of the future.
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