Sou Fujimoto is amongst the frontrunners of the emerging new generation of Japanese architects. Born in 1971, his works have come to international attention in recent years. The intrigue of his works stem from their questioning of the fundamental essence and meaning of architecture – what is architecture? what is the relation between architecture and nature? He delves into the primordial condition of architecture, one that is raw and unconstrained – exemplified by the notion of the cave – where people have the freedom to explore and use the spaces creatively.
Fujimoto’s approach is an optimistic one, where he sees architecture’s role as to “continuously re-imagine enriching places for people”. While his works appear highly minimalistic and abstracted on the surface, they are far removed from merely seeking the reductive beauty of the 20th century Miesian aesthetic. Rather, his architectural experiments seek to create spatial experiences that prompt various degrees of human interactions and also restore the primitive relationship between people and nature. Thus both his conceptual models and actual projects implode spatial conventions, piquing one’s imagination and senses to pursue the possibilities of the architecture.
A selection of Fujimoto’s works for your exploration…
House N | Oita, Japan | 2006 – 2008
Group Home in Noboribetsu | Hokkaido, Japan | 2006
Tokyo Apartment | Tokyo, Japan | 2006 – 2010
Final Wooden House | Kumamoto, Japan | 2006 – 2010
Musashino Art University – Museum and Library | Tokyo, Japan | 2007 – 2010