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Architecture As A Piece Of Nature | March 2011 @ SpazioFMG Milan

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Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata and Junya Ishigami, who won a Golden Lion at the last Architecture Biennale in Venice, will be at Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti's gallery in Milan during Fuorisalone. From April 11 through 29 SPAZIO FMG PER L'ARCHITETTURA (Via Bergognone 27 -- corner of Via Savona) hosts Architecture as a piece of nature, an exhibition presented by Luca Molinari and Simona Galateo with Naomi Shibata and Ai Kitazawa presenting the excellence of the new generation in Japan as portrayed by video artist Maris Mezulis. "The event brings together three outstanding international architects to address a theme that is highly relevant in a land afflicted with natural and ecological disasters. Architecture as a piece of Nature offers inspiration for reflection about research into architecture that helps the environment," comment curators Luca Molinari and Simona Galateo. "In the past twenty years Japanese architecture has seen the flowering of a "young generation" represented primarily by Kazuyo Sejima, Jun Aoki and Shigeru Ban. A new generation of architects born after 1970 has recently achieved international recognition, with a different view characterised by a flexible approach and a bold propensity for nature, technology and living spaces. Architecture as a piece of nature focuses on this new scenario, starting with the work of Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata and Junya Ishigami, the principal representatives of the young generation today," comments curator Naomi Shibata. Always aware of urban phenomena in portraying the life cycles of living spaces, director Maris Mezulis has created a video installation that captures the spirit of the new generation in Japanese architecture. Images and interviews with three outstanding young architects of today, who talk about their theories and their inspiration for a new kind of architecture with a focus on three projects: Sou Fujimoto's Final Wooden House, Akihisa Hirata's Apl House and the KAIT - Kanagawa Institute of Technology designed by Junya Ishigami. Sou Fujimoto sees the future of architecture as lying in the archetype of the cave, that is, a primitive, unstructured, functional space which anyone can live in and adapt repeatedly as desired. In the past architecture has been dominated by the concept of the nest, that is, an artificial dwelling intended to isolate us from the natural environment around us. But today cave architecture can encourage new habits and lifestyles that respect the environment. A concrete example of this philosophy is the Final Wooden House in Kumamoto, a cedar wood module which is perfectly integrated with the nature around it and internally structured to recreate new forms of stimulation and actions in living. Just as man is part of a bigger system, architecture must live in harmony with its surroundings; on the basis of this assumption Akihisa Hirata designed the Alp House in Tokyo, a complex of multi-unit residences in harmony with the shape and lie of the land around it. Hirata says that promoting recognition of architecture as part of a higher order can help us achieve a new kind of freedom. Junya Ishigami discusses the plans for the KAIT - Kanagawa Institute of Technology: minimal, light, almost transparent, the building is in perfect harmony with the architect's philosophy that architecture must not be viewed as an artificial structure separating us from our natural environment. Architecture and the works of man now dominate nature. As the boundary between artificial and natural spaces becomes more and more ambiguous, a new environment is taking shape; we need to come up with buildings to suit it. Architecture as a piece of Nature reveals a young, innovative approach, a different perspective which however underlines the common need to respect and protect the land we live on. Architects, companies and their clients need to agree to build according to nature to ensure a sustainable future. Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi Graniti have always been aware of the importance of the environment, as demonstrated by their commitment to ecological innovation in their ecologically active and anti-bacterial material ACTIVE Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™ and their promotion of responsible architecture through exhibitions and meetings organised at SPAZIOFMGPERL'ARCHITETTURA.
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