About the Exhibitor
Exhibition Concept
A Human Space for Architecture

Architecture was initially born to make up for the deficiencies of the human body. Humans needed structures for protecting themselves from the threats of nature, such as rain, snow, sunlight, humidity, wind, heat, and cold, so that they could spend their days in peace. The architecture that was born out of man's physical needs was pure in function and image. The simplicity of such primitive architecture was undoubtedly what enabled it to provide a place where people could both spend peaceful time with others and spend fulfilling time alone. What such scenes speak of is a harmonious relationship between nature and the small yet invaluable lives of humans. They are timeless scenes that have continued to reside deep within the memory of all humans since long ago.

As the ages have gone by, architecture's role has become ever more complex as people have come to entrust it with more and more of their hopes and desires. In the process, architecture seems to have gradually lost the functions and image it originally possessed. I believe architecture has grown distant not only from the human body but also from nature. If architecture can be made to once again embody its initial image—that is, as something that is compatible with modern life and the environment and also responds effortlessly to the real physical needs of humans; as something that carries a fundamental power that can awaken our primordial memories of man and nature; and as something that presents itself in an unextraordinary way as a place where anyone can be themselves—I believe that both architecture and humans will be able to return to where they originally belong.
Yasushi Horibe
Exhibitor Profile
Yasushi Horibe
Born 1967 in the city of Yokohama in Kanagawa, Japan. Graduated from the environmental design course of the University of Tsukuba School of Art & Design in 1990. Worked at the Masko Atelier under Yoshihiro Masuko from 1991 to 1994. Established Yasushi Horibe Architect & Associates in 1994. Awarded the 18th Yoshioka Prize for the Gallery in Ushiku in 2002. Professor at the Kyoto University of Art & Design Graduate School since 2007. Awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize (Architectural Design Division) for the Charnel House in Chikurin-ji in 2016. Major works include the House in Satsuma (1995), Dr. Norichika Maehara Memorial Museum (1995), House in Izukogen (1998), KEYAKI GARDEN (2008), Hiver bosque (2012), Library in Asagaya (2013), Charnel House in Chikurinji (2013), and Assembly Hall in Kamakurayama (2015). Books include Horibe Yasushi no kenchiku—form and imagination (TOTO Publishing, 2007), Shoko wo tateru (Shinchosha, 2014), and Horibe Yasushi sakuhinshū 1994–2004: zenkenchiku to sekkeizushū (Heibonsha, 2015), among others.