Our homes and personalities are intrinsically linked but nowhere more so than in Japanese architecture, where the needs of a building’s residents inform its very construction. The Japanese House welcomes you inside the Moriyama House (2005), designed in Tokyo by Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) and inhabited by Yasuo Moriyama, an enigmatic urban hermit.
Lose track of time weaving in and out of the house’s ten individual, fully-furnished rooms and maze-like gardens. Rabbit chairs, sliding libraries and an ‘outdoor’ cinema are just some of the details that make up Moriyama’s unusual domestic environment.
As well as the full-size recreation of the Moriyama House, the exhibition also features a fantastical and lovingly crafted Japanese teahouse and garden designed by Terunobu Fujimori, featuring traditional Japanese tea ceremonies throughout the exhibition run. Come and watch day turn to night in the gallery space as part of this full sensory experience.
The Japanese House is the centrepiece of the UK’s first major exhibition exploring Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War, a period which has consistently produced some of the most influential and ground-breaking examples of modern and contemporary design.
In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other Japanese cities brought an urgent need for new housing, and the single family house became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. Since then, Japanese architects have used their designs to propose radical critiques of society and innovative solutions to changing lifestyles.
Bjarke Ingels (born 1974) is a Danish architect. He heads the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded in 2005 with offices in Copenhagen and New York. The New York office was established in 2010 after working on projects in North America since 2006.
BIG is led by Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner) with 11 additional partners:. BIG currently employs around 300 architects, designers, builders and thinkers who come from over 25+ countries representing Scandinavia, North America, Latin America, the Far East and Continental Europe. Since 2009.
Richard Rogers RA is one of the most influential architects in the world. He’s responsible for the best and radical designs of the 20th century, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris (with Renzo Piano), Lloyd’s of London and the Law Courts in Bordeaux.
The exhibition focuses on key projects, archive material and explores his career and influences. ‘Inside Out’ reveals the man and the ideas behind these pioneering buildings.
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The Design Museum’s Design Awards, ‘the Oscars of the design world’, showcase the most innovative and progressive designs from around the world, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. A high profile judging panel will decide the best entries in each of the seven categories. Category award winners and the overall winner of the Design of the Year Award 2012 will be announced at an Awards event in April 2012.
This year’s nominations can be viewed at the exhibtion blog at designsoftheyear.com
Internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is one of the pioneering architects of his generation. Working between the spheres of architecture and art, Ishigami redefines the aesthetics of minimalism by playing with perception, materials and scale.
For his first installation in the UK, he has conceived a new structure built in response to The Curve’s unique space, which he describes as ’melting endlessly into space’. The structure comprises of a single curved line of delicate 4 metre columns running the entire length of the gallery, which appear to be held in place by air and atmosphere alone. Only on close inspection are the transparent structural components revealed.
This work is a development of his experimental installation Architecture as air: study for château la coste, which was first shown at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010 and won the Golden Lion for best project.
An evening of conversation, live performance, drinks (provided by Kopparberg) and DJs that seeks to explore the ways in which artistic expression can be used to bring a new dimension to the way we experience cities and the world around us in partnership with the Musicity project.
Featuring a discussion chaired by Vicky Richardson (Director of architecture, design and fashion, British Council) between architect David Adjaye, Peter Adjaye (David’s musician brother and frequent sonic collaborator on buildings and exhibitions), Dr Michael Bull (author, Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience). Plus discussion and musical contributions from Musicity artists Ski Oakenfull and Palmskin Productions – who will perform a live set featuring reconstructed versions of all 7 musicity tracks with special visuals created especially for the night, alongside a DJ set from Nick Luscombe (Flomotion Radio).
Check out the Musicity smart phone app (HERE) and explore the exclusive tracks at selected London locations.
A unique collection of art and performance is hidden away amongst the corridors and chambers of this surreal Gallery. Step into the Labyrinth to engage not only with works of art but also with a rare piece of architecture that would otherwise be cut off from public access. An 1850’s barn forms the structure which governs the route. Those who venture inside have only the transformed space to guide them.
A retreat from the chaos of the city; a place for introspection and investigation – visitors can find refuge in the space, or choose to be challenged by it.
Works of art including contemporary dance, film, theatre and sculpture lie hidden within the Labyrinth,waiting to be discovered.