Finland, Scotland, Japan, Japanese architects are breaking design codes

14 Jan 2019
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12 Jul 2019
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Daring and innovating, Japanese architects are breaking the codes of design by building their new museums in Scotland, in Finland and in Japan.

Finlande, Ecosse, Japon, les architectes nippons cassent les codes du design
The Freeing Architecture exhibition of Junya Ishigami, "the architect of freedom", highlights his work at the Fondation Cartier. © DR


Museum V & A of Dundee, in Scotland

Building at the same time the stadium, where the Olympic Games of Tokyo will take place in 2020, Kengo Kuma has launched into a first museum in the United Kingdom. Representing Scottish cliffs, this cultural attraction reconnects the harbor of Dundee and its seafront by dedicating himself to design with fascinating exhibitions. An ode to minimalism!

V & A Museum of Dundee Scotland outside view The raw stone floor tiles of the museum, overlapped and curved, weigh 3000 kg each, and extend on 4 meters wide. © DR
V & A Museum The interior of the museum also offers a promenade, with the city of Dundee as perspective. © DR

The Transparent house of the Vijversburg Park, in Holland

Junya Ishigami breaks away from the usual codes by building this structure in transparent glass, comprising three long corridors whose curves support the roof. Following the topography of the site without undermining it, this place of encounters welcomes art shows, concerts and performances set forth by a flourishing programme. An unusual touch of Japonism!

The Transparent House inside the Vijversburg Park in Holland Entirely encased in glass, the Tomoe-shaped structure, antique Japanese symbol, is partially buried 1 meter underground. © DR
Maison Transparente House inside the Vijversburg Park in Hollande cercle In the northern part of the Netherlands, tradition cohabits with the peaceful futurism of Junya Ishigami's work. © DR

Sumida Hokusai Museum, in Tokyo

Dedicated to the most well-known Japanese artists in the world, this museum built by Kazuyo Seijima, an architect to whom we owe the conception of Louvre Lens, owns 1500 original engravings. They are presented in a stainless steel cathedral whose facade of aluminum panels and glass gangways articulate all the interior spaces. A work in itself!

Museum Sumida Hokusai in Tokyo outdoor view The futuristic structure also welcomes bars, restaurants as well as a Sumo arena. © DR
Museum Sumida Hokusai in Tokyo interior The apertures of the building offer a panoramic view on the Tokyo Sky Tree, telecommunication tower. © DR
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