About the Exhibitor
Exhibition Concept
Architecture as Seeds of the Future

Creating architecture is like planting "seeds of the future".

When we design, we pay close attention to the context of the site, the requests of our clients, and the cultural and historical backgrounds of each local community. Our dialogues with a variety of such factors inspire us to create actual places. In other words, it might be the kind of work to give forms to latent possibilities that remain hidden in the real society. Therefore, if what we call future is defined as series of manifestation of possibilities, I would say that small architectural proposals that stimulate them are "seeds of the future."

This is different from predicting the future or making assumptions about the future. This is not to give a complete vision of the future but to plant the seeds of possibilities and inspirations which are the countless fragments of the future.

When I was in the university, the works of great architects like Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe inspired me and gave me tremendous joy of architecture. I think this was one of those moments when some of the countless seeds of small possibilities that were planted in the past for the future germinated.

In this exhibition, I would like to present not only the ongoing projects and the work we are known for but also what my current experiments for the future.

They might turn out to be unseen, strange forms of architecture. They might also include many things that have not quite taken the forms of architecture and still remain to be the anticipation of anticipation. Still, every one of these attempts started with the questions that are the most essential to architecture. In the future, in what social background, where and how will we live? What are the meanings of body and space, inside and outside, nature and man-made, and the relationship between individuals and society? I believe that these fundamental questions will eventually lead us to the future.

Wishing the seeds that are cast into the future will create another future, I decided the title of this exhibition to be "Futures of the Future." Inspired by these seeds of open future, I would truly appreciate it if visitors could join us to imagine a variety of futures of the future.

Sou Fujimoto
Sou Fujimoto
Portrait
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Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1994, and established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. Among his major works are Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 (London, England, 2013), House NA (Tokyo, Japan, 2011), Musashino Art University Museum & Library (Tokyo, Japan, 2011), and House N (Oita, Japan, 2008).

He has won countless awards including first prize in the Liget Budapest House of Hungarian Music International Design Competition (2014), the Wall Street Journal Architecture Innovator Award (2014), grand prize in the Montpellier International Design Competition (2014), the Golden Lion for his part in the Japan Pavilion in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Fellowship (2012), first place in the Taiwan Tower International Design Competition (2011), first place in the Beton Hala Waterfront Center International Design Competition (2011), and the Japan Institute of Architects (JIA) Award (2008).