JA108 is a special issue on the architect Akihisa Hirata. It is a record of his design work over about 15 years, from his earliest works to works currently underway. For Hirata, architecture is part of the living world.
Throughout his career, he has consistently sought to extend this perspective conceptually and in his practice, through geometric systems, methods to incorporate diversity, and concepts arising from the search for organic connections, notably karamari (an intertwined relationship) and karamari-shiro (an opportunity for karamari). Working at various scales, he continues to propose new settings for human activities.
This issue introduces about 60 projects, including built architecture, installations and unrealized proposals, dating from 2003 to the present. From one work to the next, he has developed new ideas and explored the realities of building architecture. We hope that our readers will find hints in these pages to aid in their own explorations of the architecture to come.
Toward Jagged Diversity
Shohei Shigematsu×Akihisa Hirata
The Wild and Savage Future of Architecture
Art Museum & Library, Ota
Cloud of the Future
Long House hotel version
Kamaishi Nursery School
Museum Forest of "Hill Valley"
Cloud and Slope
Kamaishi City Disaster Recovery Public Housing
Taipei Complex previous version
LEXUS -amazing flow-
Mori Trust Garden TORA4
Kikusui Elementary and Junior High School
Garden within Grid within Garden
One Roof Apartment
House of House (House T)
Bag for F
Annaka Art Forum
TitleJA108 Winter, 2018 Akihisa Hirata
PublisherA+U Publishing Co.,Ltd