The Japanese told that they are the best architecture in the Web era. With two books (which could not be more different) expressing two specific directions in a time when publishing information online is available spare.
I am talking about micro Relations Florian Idemburg book, the work of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa published by Postmedia, and the big volumes of Philip Jodidio dedicated to the complete works by Shigeru Ban, published by Taschen.
The main set of the two books, one is the most celebrated architectural firm of the moment thanks to the Pritzker Prize won by Kazuyo Sejma and its role as Director of the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale, the architect became famous for other houses emergency made of cardboard, author of Temporary Aquila Concert Hall, currently under construction.
One of the images in the book. Paper House, Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi, Japan, is a house that is located in an area of 499 square meters, designed by Shigeru Ban in 1994 and ’95 for personal use. The shapes of the curves and wrapping paper tubes to create common spaces and private, combining internal and external. Photo © Hiroyuki Hirai.
The exhibition Miyake Design Studio Gallery has been designed by Shigeru Ban for the designer Issey Miyake. Here the paper tubes are used everywhere, on walls and columns and even furniture. Photo © Hiroyuki Hirai.
Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany, 1999-2000. With its total area of 3,015 square meters and a height of 16 m, this is the largest structure of paper tubes created by Shigeru Ban.
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, designed by SANAA. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion for the most significant work of 9. International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennial.
An image of the interior of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, designed by SANAA. According to Florian Idenburg, author of the book, the white has nothing to do with minimalism: zeroing any interference and any possible reduction of visual clutter are the symbol of a design approach of openness and acceptance.
Glass Pavilion, Museum of Art in Toledo (Ohio), by SANAA. The transparency of the facades and elements, as he wrote to the book’s author Florian Idenburg are designed to deceive the people and push them to enter.
Japanese architect, master of light and the green recycling, Shigeru Ban has signed major residential complexes, creating emergency shelters for disaster areas as a Kobe and New Orleans, cheap houses and rapid assembly employed as structural elements, paper tubes and cardboard recycling.
Kazuyo Sejima in 2010 won the prestigious Pritzker Prize, the Nobel Prize of Architecture, along with her partner SANAA, Ryue Nishizawa. With the words People meet in architecture, Sejima, the first woman director of the Venice Biennale, presented the twelfth edition, scheduled from August 29 to November 21, 2010.
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