FOBA is a group of young Japanese architects who take the Japanese restrictions and limitations as a starting point and formulate from there on innovative and surprising answers. Even on impossible small plots, they generate great architecture.
Masterpieces of Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando, Fumihiko Maki, Rinkai Koen, Shinohara, Isosaki, Kurokawa, Kenzo Tange, Takamatsu, Maekawa, Steven Holl, Aldo Rossi, Rem Koolhaas, Vignoly, Renzo Piano … From the classic villas, castles, shrines and temples Pachincohalls to flowering cherry orchards, lined with vending machines.
Besides the classical Japan, we visit the highlights of the Japanese postwar modernism and is mainly the current architecture very well represented in Tokyio, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Osaka and Nara.
More than thousand years ago the Japanese took over the grid structure of the Chinese capital. Unlike more modern grid cities such as Barcelona, the Kyoto checkerboard was filled with ‘tatami-modulated’ architecture.
Tokyo is changing with the regularity of a clock, a metropolis where seemingly chaos reigns, a place where several streams of energy, people and light constitute the city.
In search for the ancient Japan, looking for the sense of beauty within the subtle play of light and shadow, in values that helped to determine the Japanese spatial development.
Evolution of the Japanese architecture scene from metabolism to the present. The current work of the mature generation.
Jan Bruggemans outlines a typical evolution for Japan related among other things with the issue of earthquakes and economy. The work of Toyo Ito has been a catalyst in this evolution.
The Horta Buildings Hotel Solvay, Hotel van Eetvelde and the magazins Waucquez are recently renovated. Hence a onedaytrip to these architectural gems.
The Japanese garden is a concrete and accurate representation of the fundamental relationship between Man and Nature. The garden is a feast for the eyes. The eye perceives and recognizes certain signs.
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