Yesterday was really a great lecture by Sou Fujimoto in AUD "American University Dubai" sharing he futuristict projects and Ideas and the connection betwen Nature & Architecture or Relation Between Artificial and Natural
he started his presentation "Between Nature & Architecture" with a quick introduction about his childhood and how he became Architect and the connection between nature & Architecture
"I grew up in hokkaido, in the northern part of japan,surrounded by nature and I enjoyed just playing in the forest. my first experience with architecture was with antonio gaudi(through reading a book about him)."
I was so impressed by the beautiful green surroundings, so I tried to create in this green environment something between nature and architecture, tried to create a transparent structure that melts into the background."
Sou Fujimoto | is a Japanese architect.
Born in Hokkaido in 1971, he graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1994, and established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. Noted for delicate light structures and permeable enclosures, Fujimoto designed several houses, and in 2013, was selected to design the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London.
‘I believe architecture is akin to something like a framework, which subsumes the complexities and richness of this ever-changing world, and assimilates what is not yet comprehensible. what is offered here are moments which serve as a prelude to the architecture of diversity.’ – sou fujimoto on his exhibition ‘between nature and architecture
Fujimoto has received numerous awards, including The Architectural Review AR Award in 2006 for his Children's Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Hokkaido, Japan; and another AR Award in 2007 for his House O, an ultra-contemporary weekend retreat two hours' drive southeast of Tokyo, where he designed the living and dining areas, a bedroom, study and bathroom in one continuous tree-like space that maximises the site's panoramic sea views.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
"I tried to create something melting into the green"
I tried to create something - of course really artificial - but nicely melding together with these surroundings, to create a nice mixture of nature and architecture," said Sou Fujimoto at the press conference this morning.
This grid is really artificial, sharp, transparent order, but the whole atmosphere made by grids is more blurring and ambiguous, like trees or a forest or clouds. So we can have the beautiful duality of the artificial order and natural order
This project is a new library for a highly 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.
The project described hereinafter is the plan of the new library which sits within the first hase of the total development. Acting as a huge ark, a total of 200,000 units, of which 100,000 will be in an open-archive, while the other half, within a closed-archive, rests within this double-storey library of 6,500㎡ in floor area. It is a library made from bookshelves
The house itself is comprised of three shells of progressive size nested inside one another. The outermost shell covers the entire premises, creating a covered, semi-indoor garden. Second shell encloses a limited space inside the covered outdoor space. Third shell creates a smaller interior space. Residents build their life inside this gradation of domain.
I have always had doubts about streets and houses being separated by a single wall, and wondered that a gradation of rich domain accompanied by various senses of distance between streets and houses might be a possibility, such as: a place inside the house that is fairly near the street; a place that is a bit far from the street, and a place far off the street, in secure privacy.