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World-renowned Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto to visit Estonia
20 May 2014 – In connection with his position on the jury for Stage II of the Arvo Pärt Centre architecture competition, Sou Fujimoto – one of the leading and best-known designers of contemporary architecture in the world today – will be visiting Estonia from 11-14 June. On 12 June the Union of Estonian Architects will be organising a public lecture entitled ‘Between Nature and Architecture’ at which Fujimoto will showcase his work and some of the more interesting projects he is currently involved in.
Born in 1971, Fujimoto is an architect whose designs are characterised by a fresh and innovative approach to the relationship between architectural space and the human body.
“Like a lot of Japanese architects, Fujimoto’s work is largely inspired by nature,” explained Peeter Pere, Deputy Chairman of the Union of Estonian Architects. “He himself has said that forests, caves and nests have been sources of inspiration for his work. How he then translates these into the amazing architecture he creates – well, it’s as though he’s invested with a higher power!” Earlier this year Fujimoto won the ‘Architectural Folie of the 21st Century’ competition in Montpellier. He is also the youngest architect ever to have received the honour of being invited to design the annual Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion in London, which he did in 2013. In 2012 he was also part of the team behind the Japanese pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which won the Golden Lion.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London – 2013 – by Sou Fujimoto architect:
His most important works include House NA (2011), the Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), Final Wooden House (2008) and House N (2008). Among the many accolades he has won are the main prize in the 2006 AR Awards (Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation), first prize in the international competition for the ‘Taiwan Tower’ and first prize in the ‘Beton Hala Waterfront Center’ competition in 2011.
Pere says that the high level of Japanese architecture is also reflected in the fact that ever since the establishment in 1979 of the Pritzker Architecture Prize – the equivalent of the Nobel prize in the field of architectural design – it has been awarded to seven Japanese designers in its thirty five years’ history, including Mr. Toyo Ito and Mr. Shigeru Ban for 2013 and 2014 in two consecutive years. Fujimoto will be speaking at the ‘Between Nature and Architecture’ lecture, which will start at 19:00 on 12 June 2014 at the Kanuti Guild Hall in Tallinn. The lecture will be given in English. Attendance is free of charge.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, England
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto Indicative CGI © Sou Fujimoto Architects
Sou Fujimoto Design – Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 – 15 Mar 2013
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 will be designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment. Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, Fujimoto’s signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality.
Latest Designs by Sou Fujimoto Architects
Taiwan Tower Design Contest – Winners First Prize:
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Sou Fujimoto Architects – latest building design : Taiwan Tower.
24 Nov 2011
Tenderer: Sou Fujimoto Architects – Nationality: Japan Joint Tenderer: Fei & Cheng Associates / Philip T.C. Fei Nationality: R.O.C.
Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo, Japan
Date built: 2011
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Musashino Art University Museum & Library
This project is a new library for one of the distinguished art universities in Japan. It involves designing a new library building and refurbishing the existing building into an art gallery, which will ultimately create a new integration of the Library and the Art Gallery
Dalarna Media Arena, Falun, Sweden
Date built: 2010-
ADEPT / SOU FUJIMOTO Architects
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Dalarna Media Arena
Danish ADEPT with this Japanese architects office and an advisory team consisting of Topotek1, Rambøll A/S and Bosch & Fjord win the architecture competition for a new library in Falun, Sweden, with the project “Dalarna Media Arena”. The project, which consists of a 3,000 sqm library and an adjoining plaza, is a part of Dalarna University campus.
Sou Fujimoto – Key Projects
Featured Buildings by Sou Fujimoto Architects, alphabetical:
7/2 House, Japan
Date built: –
Children’s Treatment Centre, Hokkaido, Japan
Date built: 2007
House, Tateyama, nr Tokyo, Japan
Date built: 2007
Date built: 2005
More architecture projects by Sou Fujimoto Architects online soon
Location: Tokyo, 162-08087 Japan, eastern Asia
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Sou Fujimoto Architects studio based in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese Architects Studio
Sou Fujimoto Architects consists of approx. 19 architects, designers, artists and concept developers.
Sou Fujimoto – Key Awards
AR Award Grand Prize – 2006
Japan Institute Of Architects Grand Prize – 2008
World Architectural Festival 1st prize – 2008
Wallpaper Award – 2009
Sou Fujimoto Architects is involved in several international competitions and commissions, including a 16.000 m2 art museum in China and a 64.000 m2 mixed program library in Norway.
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Tokyo Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:
Kasho Gyoen Hotel Accommodation, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan
Architects: Hiramoto Design Studio
Kasho Gyoen Hotel in Hokkaido
The Clearwater Building, Niseko, Hokkaido, Northern Japan
Design: Seshimo Architects + Peter Hahn Associates
photography : Junji Kojima / 45gPhotography, Aaron Jamieson
The Clearwater Building in Hokkaido
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