Inspiration | SANAA "Architecture and Environment"

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We visited Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA's "Architecture and Environment" exhibition at the TOTO MA gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition presented glimpses of the practice's ongoing projects and shares insight into their ideology of architecture as "a medium through which people's lives and the environment are interwoven to create a single landscape".

The Great East Japan Earthquake put Japanese architects once again face to face with issues such as 'humans vs nature' and 'architecture vs nature.' One reason why our architecture gradually grew organic in shape and became spaces that are a series of continuous components may be attributed to this. Another reason would be that later projects involved contextually right topography...”

Ryue Nishizawa

If I were to describe the imagery of an architecture in which programs are replaced by square rooms and arranged geometrically as being diagrammatic and mechanical, architecture with organic spaces and architecture in harmony with topography would be non-mechanical, organic and similar to life in imagery.”

Ryue Nishizawa