Sou Fujimoto
Represent the intangible between the cave and the nest
Floornature, June 6, 2011
Sou Fujimoto /Tokyo_Apartment
Sou Fujimoto /Tokyo_Apartment
A.F.: In many of your architectures you use wood, a natural material, also for interiors. Which other materials did you choose for your research?

Sou Fujimoto:
Ah, yes of course in designing architecture we use ... how do you say?... traditional materials like wood and concrete and steel and I'm very interested in new materials or new interpretations of the traditional materials because materials could create the shape and space. So of course acrylic is one of the examples and this leg is made of carbon fiber so this kind of new material or new interpretation of old materials, such as stones and wood, could create new architecture I think.

Sou Fujimoto /T House
Sou Fujimoto /T House
A.F.: Primitive Future is the title of your book. Can you explain it in reference to your ideal of architecture?

Sou Fujimoto: Yes, I usually use Primitve Future as my architecture concept. The architect is always thinking about the future but future is not just the future because all architecture in future is [will be]used by us, by people. So it depends on the very, very basics of the human beings and of course human feelings. So I think primitiveness and future could combine to create something new. I'd like to explain one example to explain my architecture concept: the contrast of the nest and cave. They both look very primitive but for me the nest is a very functional space. Nest for people is very functional and if there is well [good] design for people to use, it is very convenient. On the contrary, the cave is not designed for people but I think the caveness or cave-like space is very, very creative; it stimulates the creative sense to find your own space. For example, when you are in a cave you can find your own sitting space, your own shelf, something. So not functional [and] because of not functional the cave-like space could be more and more ... how do you say?... rich possibility to use. So I think caveness - not cave itself but caveness - could be reinterpreted to the new contemporary architecture by artificial way. Such kind of a combination could create a new architecture so I think that kind of primitiveness could create future architecture.

Sou Fujimoto /Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008.
Sou Fujimoto /Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008.
A.F.: Where is the Oriental culture more evident in your work?

Sou Fujimoto: Yes, one of the... Yes, I am very interested in Japanese traditional things... [There are] many, many aspects but one of the good examples is "in betweeness." In Japanese architecture [there is] inside and outside, but we have in between area and we call this engawa, like that. It is not just outside, not just inside: sometimes inside-outside situation. So I don't want to recreate such kind of traditional architecture itself but I like to reinterpret such kind of concept to a new architecture. And sometimes I change the engawa space to a more bigger, garden-like space or such kind of new understanding of the tradition is a big expression for me.

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