Akihisa Hirata: Tangling15 September - 1 December 2012
For his first ever international solo show, emerging Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata exhibited an immersive 1:1 scale installation – a contorted loop – that distilled his architecture’s essence into a large-scale experiential structure. Over a hundred study models and conceptual sketches were presented on and within the structure, as well as an interview with the architect and intimate films of his projects, illustrating Hirata’s view of architecture and ecology, form and function, as a complex, interwoven ‘tangle’.
The exhibition opened shortly after Hirata's receipt of the Golden Lion award at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale for his contribution, with Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto and Naoya Hatakeyama, to the Japanese Pavilion, curated by Toyo Ito.
A social order which is premised on the independence of the individual and whose primary pursuit is the maximization of individual freedom must change in light of the simple reality that the individual is part of a 'tangled order.' And the same can probably also be said of rationality in architecture.
- Akihisa Hirata
- Film by Yutaka Endo and Takashi Kurokawa, Luftzug Co. Ltd
Interested in creating simple, elegant and essential geometric solutions that emulate and abstract nature's millions of years of experience - pitched roofs that mimic mountain ranges, housing clusters that echo trees - Hirata rigorously explores future possibilities for architecture and structure; to make more complex our understanding of the relationship between the natural and the artificial, and to increase architecture's capacity to aid living and freedom, beyond Modernism and the 20th Century's dated fixation with iconic shapes and open-plan spaces.
At a point in which architecture and society more broadly was seriously questioning its future, purpose and relationship to the natural world, the exhibition offered an in-depth exploration of Hirata's ideas, demonstrating his innovative formal approach and distinctive interpretation of the relationship between architecture and environment.
Naomi Shibata guest co-curator
Sarah Ichioka, AF Director
Justin Jaeckle, AF Curator Public Programmes
Zofia Trafas, AF Exhibition Coordinator
Download exhibition press release here
The Architecture Foundation, 136-148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU
Open every day, 12-6pm, over the London Design Festival, from Sunday 16 - Sunday 23 September
Following the LDF the exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday