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Exhibition: “Architects of Nothingness”

Exposición: “Los arquitectos de la Nada” - IMG 2

The heading "Architects of Nothingness" is suggested as the common denominator of a series of shared characteristics in the works of the chosen 12 architects. It consists of works that devote special attention to the relationship between architecture and who live in it, developing the concept of scale beyond the specific dimension of its constructions that promote the understanding of nature and what's urban as connected elements of the same landscape.

Void, just like Emptiness, not understood as a denial but as a possibility of things' being is represented in symbolic constructions through which its materiality becomes tangible. 

According to the authors of the project, architects Joan Ramon Pascuets (Narch studio) and Ignacio Ontiveros, “leaving behind inherited languages and styles imported from years of Metabolism and Postmodernism, these Japanese architects have reshaped their purposes redefining the field of their competence. Without abandoning abstraction, they retake concepts of Japanese traditional architecture that approach them to a more connected and relational social reality. Their attitude after the burst of the economic bubble at the beginning of the 90's, the earthquake of Kobe in 1995 and the subsequent recession in Japanese economy that have a lost decade as a consequence where architects cannot and do not want to continue with the dynamic followed until then”.

This display shows through videos more than 20 works carried out by the main Japanese architects and studios, and it will complemented with plans of the original designs and furniture designed by some of them, as well as a model of the pavilion Paper by Shigeru Ban, opened in March in Madrid. 

The 12 Japanese architecture studios brought together in this exhibition present a transversal tour around the different generations of architects: from Toyo Ito, one of the fathers of contemporary Japanese architecture, going passed Shigeru Ban, Shinichi Ogawa, Kengo Kuma, and reaching SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), considered the most international and acknowledged office of the Japanese panorama; continuing with Tezuka, Sou Fujimoto, TNA, Go Hashegawa, and Junya Ishigami, one of the most promising Japanese young architects.

Toyo Ito    -   Shigeru Ban   -    Shinichi Ogawa   -    Kengo Kuma   -    Kazuyo Sejima  -   Tezuka Architects   -   SANAA    -   Ryue Nishizawa      Sou Fujimoto   -   TNA / Makoto Takei + Nabeshina Chie   -   Junya Ishigami    -   Go  Hasegawa

2013/11/28 > 2014/05/10

From the 29th of November 2013 to the 10th of May 2014

Timetable: From Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 12.00am to 2.00pm and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Opening: Thursday 28th of November 2013 at 7.30pm

Santa Victoria Pavilion
Sant Pau's Modernist Venue
Sant Antoni M. Claret, 167
Free admission with limited capacity.
Casa Asia, in collaboration with Japan Foundation, within the framework of the Spain-Japan Dual Year and the support of IE Business School, Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya, Fira de Barcelona, Cooperativa d'Arquitectes Jordi Capell, SANCAL, VITRA and Living Divani
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