A look at Sou Fujimoto's proposed sustainable, timber-frame tower
In collaboration with Laisné Roussel and developer Pitch Promotion, Sou Fujimoto's proposed 50-meter tall mixed-use timber-frame structure Canopia would be the tallest of its kind if built. Riffing a bit off the swirling form of Fujimoto's Abre Blanc apartment building, the proposed structure... View full entry
Sou Fujimoto to design immersive "Forest of Light" for Salone del Mobile 2016
'I envisage to make a forest of light. A forest which consists of countless light cones made from spotlights above. These lights pulsate and constantly undergo transience of state and flow.'
“People meander through this forest, as if lured by the charm of the light. Light and people interact with one another, its existence defining the transition of the other.”
— Sou Fujimoto
In another collaboration with top-notch designers, fashion label COS has teamed up with Sou Fujimoto to create a nature-inspired installation for Milan's Salone del Mobile 2016 next month. For COS' fifth year of taking part in the design fair, Fujimoto is creating a "Forest of Light" that will... View full entry
Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Sou Fujimoto's potato chips and other found architectures
There’s a difficulty inherent to any presentation of architecture in an exhibition context: architecture (it is commonly thought) operates in the physical world, so how do you do architecture inside a gallery space? Hence, it’s pretty inevitable that a survey like the Chicago Architecture... View full entry
Stacked: Archinect's comparison of Fujimoto and Tschapeller's library stacks
Instead of being mainly a weight distribution problem for architects, library book stacks are increasingly becoming art installations in cavernous contemplation halls. This is especially evident in Wolfgang Tschapeller's renderings for the Ho Fine Arts Library at Cornell University, in which an... View full entry
A brief history of twisted apartment buildings
This 21st century trend started with Sweden's 2005 Turning Torso building, then quickly was adapted and modified by Frank Gehry for what became 2011's 8 Spruce Street in Manhattan. Now the twisted apartment building seems to have become its own typology, to judge by recent proposed works by... View full entry
Watch the teaser trailer for fall's Chicago Architecture Biennial
With a list of over 90 participants and partners including U.K.-based Assemble, Jimenez Lai, Jeanne Gang, Archinect and Sou Fujimoto, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will open to the public on October 3rd. Officially billed as "North America’s largest international survey of... View full entry
Editor's Picks #416
Nicholas Korody profiled the work, of Greek-born architect Andreas Angelidakis.Therein Angelidakis explains "I guess the only thing I really 'design' is narratives for objects I find and put together, and this process does not need to be defined as completed by a realized object. You can keep... View full entry
Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design
When an architect talks about “transparency,” as Sou Fujimoto did during his well-attended lecture at UCLA’s Decafe at Perloff Hall on Friday, it’s always a relief when it refers to more than a literal degree of opacity. Presenting nine of his projects in a lecture than ran ten minutes... View full entry
Uncertain future for Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower
Greater Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) has temporarily pulled the plug on the ambitious Taiwan Tower project, citing concerns over safety and its costs, which have ballooned from NT$8 billion (US$253.5 million) to NT$15 billion. [...]
Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who won an international competition in 2011 to draw up plans for the building, Taiwan Tower’s ornate steel structure was inspired by the trunk of a banyan tree.
Transparency rules at Sou Fujimoto's SCI-Arc lecture
Introducing his Serpentine Pavilion in 2013, Sou Fujimoto described the structure as "between architecture and nature", suggesting an architectural form ethereal enough to change at any given moment, depending on perspective or approach, between the artificial and organic. That phrase has since... View full entry
Editor's Picks #393
"394,000 US$!! This is the budget of homes in America that are 1/10th of this quality. Perhaps it's for two people, who are empty nesters, and entertain for a large extended family. The simplicity of materials and form, is exceedingly elegant". - b3tadine[sutures]
The latest edition of Showcase: features Slate House, located on a site in Laval, a suburb of Montreal. Designed by Affleck de la Riva architects, it stands in sharp contrast to the tract houses that surround it. b3tadine[sutures] exclaims "394,000 US$!! This is the budget of homes in America... View full entry
Architect Sou Fujimoto’s Futuristic Spaces
Fujimoto’s goal isn’t just to make spaces—the basic function of architecture—but to make people relate to spaces in new ways. Watching the couple move around the house, approaching everyday activities with the finesse the unusual design requires, suggests he is well on his way to achieving it.
The Japanese designer’s “future primitive” structures harmonize nature and built environments, offering radical new versions of walls, ceilings and floors. View full entry
Editor's Picks #364
For the latest edition of the Working out of the Box feature Archinect talked with Emily Fischer, Founder of Haptic Lab. In the interview she explains how she started "The very first quilted map I made was designed to be a wayfinding tool for the visually impaired; my mother was diagnosed with... View full entry
Winning team chosen to build 2nd “Architectural Folie of the 21st century” in Montpellier
The "folie" continues with the winning team that will build a new "Architectural Folie of the 21st Century" for Montpellier, France. The team -- which includes Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associates, and Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects as the architects -- won the closed competition with their project, "Arbre Blanc" (White Tree), a 10,000 m² mixed-use tower...
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Sou Fujimoto designs new mixed-use building for Miami Design District’s Palm Court
The Miami Design District recently revealed the design plan for its new mixed-use building commissioned to award-winning architect Sou Fujimoto.
Set to be constructed in Miami's largely pedestrian Palm Court, the new building will be a vibrant addition to the neigborhood.