One of today’s most outstanding architects has been selected as the guest of honour at this year’s “Interieur” trade fair in Kortrijk (Belgium). Junya Ishigami, a pupil of Kazuyo Sejima, is the founder of junya.ishigami+associates, lecturer at the Tokyo University of Science, publisher of a number of books and creator of artistic marvels which fascinate with their wealth of fantasy and devotion to detail…
An impressive feature of the Japanese pavilion at the 2008 architectural biennale in Venice was the work “Extreme Nature: Landscape of Ambiguous Spaces”, consisting of wall installations on the inside and greenhouses on the outside of the pavilion, which was created by Junya Ishigami, an architect who was only 33 at the time.
The first impression generated by the countless filigree pencil strokes of the wonderful expansive drawings on the whitewashed walls of the pavilion was of a highly delicate aesthetic, the product of almost superhuman industry and painstaking effort. From a distance the drawings merged like a pointillist work into one large image.
This large-scale illustration was not just a work of art in itself, it was also the coda for countless concepts and ideas. Abstract botanical illustrations formed an undimensional cartographic display. In part the lines were given a third dimension by raising the floor plan and generating isometric displays and perspectives.
Imaginary plans showed buildings in park landscapes featuring lakes, hills and valleys. With its density and height the vegetation formed surfaces, spaces and boundaries.
The concepts played with dimension, as in “Forest City”, in which gigantic trees tower over miniature buildings, as well as with height and depth.
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