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Sou Fujimoto Architects

Japanese architect, based in Tokyo

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World Famous Architects Design Bus Stops for Tiny Austrian Village

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
World Famous Architects Design Bus Stops for Tiny Austrian Village, Chilean architect Smiljan Radic standing in his completed bus shelter. Image © Adolf Bereuter / BUS:STOP Krumbach
Chilean architect Smiljan Radic standing in his completed bus shelter. Image © Adolf Bereuter / BUS:STOP Krumbach

Krumbach, a small Austrian village of 1000 inhabitants, is not the place you'd expect to find structures from a variety of architecture's biggest names. But thanks to Verein Kultur Krumbach, a new association dedicated to encouraging culture in the village, that's exactly what's happening, with seven international architecture firms agreeing to design bus stops for Krumbach.

Read after the break to find out more about the seven designs.

Sou Fujimoto Designs New Wing for Germany's Kunsthalle Bielefeld

00:00 - 12 September, 2013
Sou Fujimoto Designs New Wing for Germany's Kunsthalle Bielefeld, First Proposal: Stacked Landscape. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects
First Proposal: Stacked Landscape. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto has unveiled three design proposals for an extension to Philip Johnson’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany. Since its completion in 1968, the museum has built a reputation for hosting temporary exhibitions. However, with the construction of the new wing, Kunsthalle Bielefeld will expand their services to accommodate a contemporary art gallery. 

Read on to review Sou Fujimoto’s three proposals...

UVA Transforms Sou Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion with "Electrical Storm" of LEDs

00:00 - 31 July, 2013

London-based United Visual Artists (UVA) has brought Sou Fujimoto’s “cloud-like” Serpentine Pavilion to life with an “electrical storm” of LEDs. With the intention of making the architecture “breathe” from within, UVA seamlessly integrated a network of LED lights into the latticed, 20mm steel pole structure that mimics the natural forms of an electric storm. In addition, carefully conducted auditory effects further enhance the experience, transforming Fujimoto’s “radical pavilion” into an electrified geometric cloud. 

Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Through the Lens of James Aiken

00:00 - 13 June, 2013

Dazzling viewers with its “tron-like landscape of infinite white,” as described by Guardian critic Oliver Wainwright, Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park is arguably “one of the most radical pavilions to date.” The 350 square-meter latticed structure melts into its surrounding by fusing together the man-made and natural world, creating a lush, semi-transparent terrain that hosts terraces of seating, steps and side tables that complement its interior coffee bar (view more images here).

This video was provided by film maker James Aiken.

Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Receives High Praise from Critics

00:00 - 11 June, 2013
Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion Receives High Praise from Critics, © Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

With the opening of his cloud-like gridded structure in Hyde Park last week, Sou Fujimoto became the youngest architect in the pantheon of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designers. The pavilion is an annual commission for a temporary structure, always given to a well known architect who is yet to build in the UK. In previous years the commission has been awarded to Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei (2012), Peter Zumthor (2011), Jean Nouvel (2010), SANAA (2009), stretching back to the original pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000.

With such a prolific history of star designers over the past 13 years, Fujimoto's ethereal design has a lot to live up to. But despite these high expectations, architecture critics have been gushing over the new design. See a full round-up of opinions after the break...

2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Sou Fujimoto's 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, now complete and standing on the front lawn of London’s Serpentine Gallery, has opened to the press and we are now able to see Iwan Baan's photographs of the temporary pavilion. Fujimoto will be lecturing to a sold out crowd this coming Saturday (June 8th) when the pavilion opens to the general public. The semi-transparent, multi-purpose social space will be on view until October 20th. 

Fujimoto (age 41) is the youngest architect to accept the Serpentine Gallery’s invitation, joining the ranks of Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012)Peter Zumthor (2011)Jean Nouvel (2010)SANAA (2009)and more. He described his Serpentine project as "...an architectural landscape: a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse ways. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry. A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two."

The Guardian has posted both print and video reviews by Oliver Wainwright.


More images by Iwan Baan after the break. See also In Progress: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto.

In Progress: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

00:00 - 23 May, 2013
In Progress: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto, © Laurence Mackman
© Laurence Mackman

Sou Fujimoto’s contribution for the 13th edition of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is beginning to take shape, as the “geometric, cloud-like form” has slowly made its way towards the height of the trees in the rustic landscape of the Kensington Gardens in London. Upon its completion in June, the 350 square-meter latticed structure will fuse together the man-made and natural world, creating a lush, semi-transparent terrain that will host a series of flexible social spaces and a vibrant collection of plant life. 

More images by London photographer Laurence Mackman after the break.

© Laurence Mackman © Laurence Mackman © Laurence Mackman © Laurence Mackman + 14

Ochoalcubo: Japan + Chile

00:00 - 15 May, 2013
Ochoalcubo: Japan + Chile, Sou Fujimoto and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow) at the Ochoquebradas site © Courtesy of Max Nuñez
Sou Fujimoto and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow) at the Ochoquebradas site © Courtesy of Max Nuñez

In Chile, a very special project is being developed.

Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who started his business in Chile in the 80's, has always been an advocate for design and architecture in the country. In Chile, more than 40 schools of architecture have flooded the market, but the ever growing number of professionals has had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Seeing the almost infinite landscape of cookie cutter housing in the suburbs, Godoy asked himself: why not break this model into smaller pieces, each designed by a particular architect, each an opportunity for a young professional? With this in mind, and to foster the appreciation for architects, Eduardo and his team at Interdesign started a project called "Ochoalcubo" (Eight-Cubed). His original idea was to make 8 projects, with 8 buildings designed each by 8 architects, to create developments where the singularity of each piece was key, in order to demonstrate how the individuality of the architect could result in good architecture.

The Fujimoto Experiment: Five Students, Five Days, One Model

00:00 - 14 March, 2013
The Fujimoto Experiment: Five Students, Five Days, One Model, © flickr - maxximuseo
© flickr - maxximuseo

Last week an online call was put out by Rome's MAXXI museum promising the first five architecture students to respond a chance to travel to Rome and build a model of Sou Fujimoto's latest project. The five selected entrants started on their work at MAXXI on Monday and their experience is being broadcast over the course of this week in a series of photos and videos detailing the ups, downs, opinions and thoughts of the students as they work.

Read more about the model and exhibition after the break...

Sou Fujimoto to design the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

00:00 - 14 February, 2013
Sou Fujimoto to design the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto Interior Indicative CGI
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto Interior Indicative CGI

Today, the Serpentine Gallery announced the architect that will design the 13th edition of the Every year the gallery invites a renowned international architects who have not built yet in the UK, to design a temporary pavilion that hosts public activities in at the Gallery’s lawn, in London’s Hyde Park between June and October. The list of architects for the past editions includes several Pritzker laureates. More info of this program at our Serpentine Gallery Pavilion infographic.

Beton Hala Waterfront Center / Sou Fujimoto Architects

19:00 - 25 October, 2012
© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects have shared with us their first place proposal for the Beton Hala Waterfront Centre in Belgrade, Serbia. Contrasting the medieval fabric of the capital city, Sou Fujimoto’s “floating cloud” intertwines an array of social and transportation programs into an organized tangle of suspended ramps that emerge from the static platform of the Beton Hala. It was lauded by the jury to be a “brave proposal” that holds the “highest emblematic potential among all of Beton Hala entries”.

Learn more after the break.

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects

00:00 - 30 April, 2012
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 12

House H / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 6 December, 2011
House H / Sou Fujimoto, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Principal In Charge

    Sou Fujimoto
  • Project Team

    Hiroshi Kato
  • Site area

    72.28 sqm
  • Area

    125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

House N / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 14 September, 2011
House  N / Sou Fujimoto

House  N / Sou Fujimoto House  N / Sou Fujimoto House  N / Sou Fujimoto House  N / Sou Fujimoto + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Oita, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Project Team

    Yumiko Nogiri
  • Structural Consultant

    Jun Sato Structural Engineers
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 28 June, 2011
Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto
  • Client

    Musashino Art University
  • Area

    2883.18 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Group Home in Noboribetsu / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 7 June, 2009
Group Home in Noboribetsu / Sou Fujimoto

Group Home in Noboribetsu / Sou Fujimoto Group Home in Noboribetsu / Sou Fujimoto Group Home in Noboribetsu / Sou Fujimoto Group Home in Noboribetsu / Sou Fujimoto + 7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Principal Use

    Group home for elderly with dementia
  • Structure Material

    Wood
  • Area

    1637.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

T house / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 29 November, 2008
T house / Sou Fujimoto

T house / Sou Fujimoto T house / Sou Fujimoto T house / Sou Fujimoto T house / Sou Fujimoto + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Principal Use

    Residence
  • Structure Material

    Wood
  • Site Area

    144.47 sqm
  • Area

    91.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Sou Fujimoto

01:00 - 3 November, 2008
Children’s Center  for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Sou Fujimoto

Children’s Center  for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Sou Fujimoto Children’s Center  for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Sou Fujimoto Children’s Center  for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Sou Fujimoto Children’s Center  for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Sou Fujimoto + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Project Team

    Hiroshi Kato
  • Constructed Are

    2,536 m2
  • Area

    14590.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006