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.
In Flanders, the attention afforded to Japanese architecture is nothing new. Generations of architects have drawn inspiration from the way in which light, craftsmanship, innovation and traditionalism are interwoven in Japanese architecture. For several years now, there has also been significant interest from Japan in the architectural developments in Flanders and Brussels. The new relationship is founded on mutual astonishment and admiration, and leads to some exciting collaborations both in architectural practise and in the field of architectural criticism and exhibitions.
How does architecture from Flanders fit into a different context? In RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN the office architecten de vylder vinck taillieu showcases their design-based research in Tokyo: eleven Flemish projects are given a fresh meaning in a Japanese context, as eleven Japanese mirror images. The same methodology was deployed in the world cities of London, Copenhagen and Istanbul.
In 2014, the Japanese magazine a+u devoted an edition to the oeuvre of Juliaan Lampens (1926 - 2019). An interview with the architect, essays and an extensive photographic reportage not only introduced the Japanese public to his idiosyncratic architecture, but also contributed to his international fame. The attention to materiality and sense of landscape, and the interwovenness between art and architecture in Juliaan Lampens’ creations are characteristics that are also highly valued in Japan. In a second edition of Unfolding the Archives, the Flanders Architecture Institute provides a unique insight into the architect’s oeuvre and working methods via a selection of exceptional archival documents.
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. S U G I B E R R Y, 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.
On Wednesday 24 March 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.
In the context of the UNSPOKEN-dialogues, Michiel De Cleene beautifully captured the pavilion in the garden of DE SINGEL, so you can experience the cross-over of both worlds again.Watch the video
During a one hour and a half conversation with Jun Igarashi, Schenk Hattori and Sugiberry discuss the pavilion, their exhibition at DE SINGEL but also the ways in which we perceive, handle and use material. A reflection on what architecture means before and after a project, and everything in between.
With Go Hasegawa schenk Hattori and Sugiberry talk about the core of his architecture and his design methods. For Hasegawa, not only the users of the space or clients play an important role, people in general are key in and for the architectural experience.Watch the interview
What challenges do architects in the 21st century have to face? What impact do technology and social media have on architecture and experiencing it? Junya Ishigami talks about it, starting from his own practice and method.
In another video, he broadly discusses and gives feedback on the practice of Schenk Hattori and S U G I B E R R Y and how their collaboration came about for the exhibition.Watch the interview
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