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Trip An adventurous budget trip for architecture lovers /2019

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Japan

Take this opportunity to get to know Japanese architecture, art and culture in a backpack-wise manner with other architecture enthusiasts. This original, chronological route starts in the ancient city of Kyoto, takes you along the artificial islands on the way to the metropolis of Tokyo.

Lecture About tradition and mastery

Theaterzaal Ledeberg, Gent

The mastery in Japan defies all imagination. Not only in the control of the architectural space, choice of materials and masterful detailing, but also in the surrender of knowledge.

Trip 日本 Japan /03/2018

Japan

We travel through the land of the rising sun for two weeks. A balanced architectural mix of contemporary, traditional and modern. But also culture, nature, art and … Japanese life is explicitly present.

Trip expo visit Centre Pompidou Metz /12/2017

Centre Pompidou, Metz - Frankrijk

The Center Pompidou in Metz presents two exhibits two Japonese exhibitions: the architecture expo’JAPAN-NESS’ makes a connection from 1945 to the present and the art expo ‘JAPANORAMA’ depicts Japanese contemporary art after 1970’s.

Trip architecture in the southwestern part /05/2012

A trip from Geneva to Lausanne, Biel and Neuchatel to Bern, with numerous stops in the beautiful Swiss landscape will us introduce with an architecture that is closely related to the existing context.

Trip architecture & landscape /10/2011

Duisburg, Essen & Münster

The Ruhr was once the largest industrial region in Europe. There was massive coal mined and steel produced. In the eighties, the decline of the heavy industry was a fact, and most of the mining and steel workers were unemployed. The regional project IBA Emscher Park changed a lot for the Ruhr.

Trip People meet in Architecture /11/2010

Venezia

The artistic Biennale leadership this year is in the hands of the Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima. The theme focuses on the quality of architecture in relation to the society.

Lecture by Hera Van Sande

't Leerhuys, Brugge

The architecture of Sejima is unlikely light, almost dematerialized, ephemeral … Pure, simple, austere geometric. Brittle carriers, skins of glass. Transparencies, cool place … Buildings as schemas around contemporary life.

SANAA

SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is a multiple award-winning architectural firm based in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1995 by two Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima (妹島 和世 °1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (西沢立衛 °1966) and to this day both architects work on individual projects outside of SANAA. Sejima and Nishizawa were awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010.

SANAAs work includes a large number of successful public buildings, such as the New Museum and the Rolex Learning Center, but the architects also experiment with housing designs to shape and change our daily life, especially in their individual practices. In spite of their whiteness, the buildings of SANAA are very far from modernist architecture, as the architects continue to incorporate elements of doubt and ambiguity into their works. The extensive use of glass in SANAA’s architecture has quite a different effect than seen in most glass buildings, as SANAA uses the glass to create reflections and layered spaces with unclear boundaries. Also, the architects tend to use playful elements in their architecture, adding a note of humor to the experience.

SANAA is often said to work with a ‘fourth dimension’ in their design of space. This is to say that the complexity of their buildings always contain traits that cannot be explained or communicated via drawings or photos. The touch of humor, the spatial ambiguity and the use of reflections all demand that you visit the buildings to really understand them.

In 2004, SANAA received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2010, SANAA was awarded the highest honor in architecture, the Pritzker Prize.