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Makoto Tanijiri on Architectural Education and “Japanese-ness” in Design

09:30 - 9 December, 2016
Makoto Tanijiri on Architectural Education and “Japanese-ness” in Design, <a href='http://www.archdaily.com/779568/hiroshima-hut-suppose-design-office'>Hiroshima Hut</a>. Image © Toshiyuki Yano
Hiroshima Hut. Image © Toshiyuki Yano

At just 42 years old, Makoto Tanijiri and the office he founded in 2000, Suppose Design Office, have emerged as one of Japan's most prolific medium-sized architecture and design firms. However, Tanijiri's path to success was somewhat different to the route taken by his contemporaries. In this interview, the latest in Ebrahim Abdoh's series of “Japan's New Masters,” Tanijiri discusses the role that education plays in a successful career and his work's relation to the rest of Japanese architecture.

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

Makoto Tanijiri: When I was about 5 years old. Of course at that age I did not know the word “architect” or “architecture,” all I remember was how small our house was, and all the things I didn’t like about it. Back then, my dream was to be a carpenter, so that I could build my own house and live on my own.

<a href='http://www.archdaily.com/192453/house-in-seya-suppose-design-office'>House in Seya</a>. Image Courtesy of Suppose Design Office <a href='http://www.archdaily.com/161689/52-suppose-design-office'>52</a>. Image © Toshiyuki Yano <a href='http://www.archdaily.com/458511/house-in-tousuien-suppose-design-office'>House in Tousuien</a>. Image © Toshiyuki Yano <a href='http://www.archdaily.com/50421/karis-suppose-design-office'>Karis</a>. Image © Toshiyuki Yano +17

House in Anjo / Suppose Design Office

20:00 - 17 March, 2016
House in Anjo / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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House in Kiirenakamyo / Suppose Design Office

20:00 - 14 January, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Hiroshima Hut / Suppose Design Office

22:00 - 30 December, 2015
Hiroshima Hut / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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Nicoe Bus Stop / Suppose Design Office

19:00 - 2 June, 2015
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ONOMICHI U2 / Suppose Design Office

20:00 - 22 May, 2015
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House in Tousuien / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
House in Tousuien / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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The House of Yagi / Suppose Design Office + Ohno Japan

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
The House of Yagi / Suppose Design Office + Ohno Japan, © Toshiyuki Yano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Makoto Tanijiri (Suppose Design Office) + Ohno HIrohumi (Ohno Japan)
  • Area

    112.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

House in Seya / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 19 December, 2011
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architects

    Suppose Design Office
  • Project Year

    2011

52 / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 21 August, 2011
52 / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒420-0853 Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka, Aoi Ward, Otemachi, 5 静岡市役所
  • Architects

    Suppose Design Office
  • Project Team

    Makoto Tanijiri, Masashi Shiino
  • Structural Engineer

    Ohno JapanProject Year: 2010
  • Construction Company

    Mitsuko Terada
  • Area

    127333.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Cafe Day / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 16 August, 2011
Cafe Day / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Suppose Design Office / Makoto Tanijiri, Hajime Nagano
  • Area

    73.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

House In Kodaira / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 17 January, 2011
House In Kodaira / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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House In Fukawa / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 13 January, 2011
House In Fukawa / Suppose Design Office

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiroshima, Japan
  • Architects

     Makoto Tanijiri / Suppose Design Office
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Hill of Water / Suppose Design Office

00:15 - 28 April, 2010

Suppose Design Office designed a renovation proposal for the Hill of Water and Sculpture in Japan.  The project is situated in an industrial area along the Tokyo Bay.  In the proposal, existing structures are converted into individual tower like sculptures.  The sculptures meet the ground in an interesting manner, as each rests upon a curved base.   The structures are connected to the existing beams located in the industrial area and the building’s varying heights create a balanced composition.  The interior spaces are formed around the existing infrastructure and create a new type of space for people to experience the existing components of the site, in addition to the new sculptures.

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Lodge / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 15 March, 2010
Lodge / Suppose Design Office

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiroshima city, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Architects

     Suppose design office
  • Project Team

     Makoto Tanijiri, Masafumi Shimatani
  • Client

     Yusuke Yamamoto
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0

House in Hiro / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 8 March, 2010
House in Hiro / Suppose Design Office

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hiro, Kure city, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Architects

     Suppose design office
  • Site Area

    78.34 sqm
  • Building Area

    37.39 sqm
  • Area

    66.46 sqm
  • Project Year

    0

House in Buzen / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 26 February, 2010
House in Buzen / Suppose Design Office

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Buzen, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architects

    Suppose design office
  • Total Floor Area

    130.18 sqm
  • Area

    266.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

Karis / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 23 February, 2010
Karis / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Team

    Makoto Tanijiri, Kazutaka Sumi
  • Structure

    Cardboard Tubes
  • Client

    Kazuin Ltd
  • Area

    117.7 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs