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Shuhei Endo on Why Architecture Should Be "Paramodern"

09:50 - 28 April, 2016
Shuhei Endo on Why Architecture Should Be "Paramodern", Bubbletecture H. Image © Courtesy of Shuhei Endo / Paramodern
Bubbletecture H. Image © Courtesy of Shuhei Endo / Paramodern

Japan has long been one of the centers of production when it comes to avant-garde architecture, stretching back to the middle of the 20th century with Modernist masters such as Kenzo Tange. As one of Japan's new, emerging architectural leaders Shuhei Endo – the founder of architecture firm Paramodern – believes the country is still well positioned at the forefront of architecture, creating new responses to the concept of modernity itself. In the second interview from our series covering “Japan's New Masters,” Ebrahim Abdoh speaks to Endo about what it means to be “Modern” in the modern world, and how these ideas have influenced his architecture.

Ebrahim Abdoh: What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an architect?

Shuhei Endo: When I was a child at elementary school, one day, the teacher took our class to an architecture exhibit in Osaka. The year was 1962. I remember seeing all the drawings, and models of these strange buildings. It was that day that I heard the words "architect" and "architecture" for the first time. Many years later, I applied to university to study architecture and got in. I always wanted to see the world. In my first few years of university, I went on a trip all over Europe. If that little exhibit I went to in Osaka was my baptism, then Rome was my confirmation. When I walked into the Pantheon… that is when I knew that I had made the right choice.

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Rooftecture OT2 / Shuhei Endo

01:00 - 22 January, 2013
Rooftecture OT2 / Shuhei Endo, © Stirling Elmendorf
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kita Ward, Japan
  • Project Staff

    Aoi Endo, Aya Houri
  • Area

    127.7 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Guangzh Culture Center / Shuhei Endo

18:30 - 13 April, 2009

Japanese architect Shuhei Endo sent us some impressive images of his latest project: the Guangzh Culture Center in China.

You can see more renders after the break.

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Bubbletecture M / Shuhei Endo

01:00 - 12 February, 2009
Bubbletecture M / Shuhei Endo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

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Halftecture O / Shuhei Endo

01:00 - 31 December, 2008
Halftecture O / Shuhei Endo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Shuhei Endo
  • Structure System

    Suspended Steel Sheet
  • Principal Use

    Public Lavatory
  • Constructed Area

    103 sqm
  • Area

    580.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

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Rooftecture S / Shuhei Endo

01:00 - 2 December, 2008
Rooftecture S / Shuhei Endo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Shuhei Endo
  • Consultants

    Masashi Ooji, Design-Structure Laboratory
  • Principal Use

    House
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

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Bubbletecture H / Shuhei Endo

01:00 - 5 October, 2008
Bubbletecture H / Shuhei Endo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sayo, Sayo District, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Shuhei Endo
  • Project Team

    Kengo Sasamoto, Aya Umemoto
  • Principal Use

    Institution and exhibition of earth environmental
  • Constructed Area

    968 sqm
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

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Slowtecture M / Shuhei Endo

01:00 - 29 September, 2008
Slowtecture M / Shuhei Endo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Shuhei Endo
  • Collaborator

    Wataru Horie
  • Client

    Hyogo Prefecture
  • Consultant

    Masashi Ouji,Design-Structure Laboratory (structure) / Setsubi Giken (service)
  • Structural System

    Steel truss
  • Site Area

    1,124,000 sqm
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

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