In Fall 2020, the Flanders Architecture Institute will be exhibiting the work of two young architectural firms with offices in both Belgium and Japan as part of the Back from Japan theme. SUGIBERRY, founded by Mayu Takasugi and Johannes Berry (2016), works out of both Brussels and Tokyo. Schenk Hattori works out of both Antwerp and Kyoto. The firm was founded by Steven Schenk and Daisuke Hattori shortly after graduating from the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
As part of the exhibition, SUGIBERRY and Schenk Hattori have build a pavilion in the garden of deSingel. With this installation the architects created a world where their ideas meet the physical.
Each from their own perspective, Steven Schenk and Johannes Berry talked to Koen Van Synghel about the design of the pavilion, their work and their relationship with Japanese architecture. Watch the interview in the video below:
With Meaning, S U G I B E R R Y seeks out the architectural relationship between Japan and Flanders, by exhibiting their own work alongside that of others. They demonstrate how an idea that adapts itself to a changed context, more specifically in the cultural exchange between Flanders and Japan, leads to new connections and fresh layers of meaning.
S U G I B E R R Y focuses on humanity and the dialogue with the built environment. Their projects embrace a wide variety of conditions and often serve as the catalyst for new relationships and meanings. S U G I B E R R Y’s architecture is an expression of this search: everything is related to humanity.
"If a tree falls and there is no one to hear it, does it then make a sound? S U G I B E R R Y believes that it does not."‐ Johannes Berry , architect S U G I B E R R Y
Translations seeks out the boundaries of our imagination. The visitor is included in a quest for the mysterious and often lost elements in architecture. Schenk Hattori explores how the prehistoric hut, essentially a microcosm that contains the wider world, can be understood in our current era. The first method for creating architecture was the ancient process in which humans tried to render the world practicable and above all tangible. Determining the shape and size of the reality was always grounded in mankind’s capacity for observation. Observation remains a universal human trait to this day, irrespective of cultural background.
On Thursday 10 June you can hear Steven Schenk and Johannes Berry speak during the online lecture UNSPOKEN. They will talk to the Japanese architects Go Hasegawa, Jun Igarashi & Junya Ishigami.
05.11.2020 - 28.03.2021
From Wednesday to Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm and during evening performances until 10 pm
deSingel (Expo & Garden)
Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel
Schenk Hattori and S U G I B E R R Y in collaboration with Hera Van Sande
KU Leuven, Van den Weghe
To make your visit as safe as possible, you must respect the following measures:
*Face masks are mandatory in all public areas of deSingel
*Keep 1.5m away from other visitors at all times
This autumn we are focusing on the architectural exchange between Flanders and Japan. Two architectural cultures that are ostensibly far apart are today showing a renewed interest in one another. In a series of exhibitions, lectures and (online) reflections, we seek out surprising similarities and deep-rooted differences that lead to new dynamics.