Sou Fujimoto: Between nature and architecture

Sue Fujimoto discusses conceptual and realized projects in this Current Work event.

April 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Sue Fujimoto Architects | House N, Oita, Japan, 2008. Credit: Iwan Baan

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Sou Fujimoto of Sou Fujimoto Architects will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a moderated conversation with Annabelle Selldorf.

On his design philosophy in relationship to two recent projects—the Serpentine Pavilion in London and House K in Kyogo—Sou Fujimoto states “sometimes it is quite exciting to reinvent architecture itself.” Both projects, like much of Fujimoto’s work, have been lauded for their challenging and ambiguous reading of space and form. Underlying his spatial strategies is an attempt to synthesize nature and architecture, “whereby our natural environment’s complexity is injected into a human made sense of order (and vice versa), bringing forth a new definition of space that responds to our changing times.”

Fujimoto established his Tokyo-based firm, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. His work includes the Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in his hometown of Hokkaido, the Final Wooden House, House NA, and the Musashino Art University Museum & Library. Current projects include a mixed-use building in Miami; an extension for the Kunsthalle in Bielefeld, Germany; a residence for Solo Houses in Cretas, Spain; and a conceptual master plan for a commercial complex in Jeddah.

Fujimoto’s recent publications include a sketchbook, Primitive Future, in the Lars Muller seriesa collection of writings and projects; and a newly published monograph. He has taught at universities in Tokyo and abroad and is the winner of the Marcus Prize, administered through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he will be teaching this spring.  Fujimoto’s previous awards include an RIBA International Fellowship, the Architectural Review Emerging Architects award (for which he has subsequently served as a juror), and the Japanese Institute of Architects Grand Prize. His firm’s recent winning design competition entries include the Taiwan Tower Competition for Taichung City and the Beton Hala Waterfront Center competition in Belgrade.

Moderated by Annabelle Selldorf. Selldorf is president of the League and founder and principal of Selldorf Architects.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.