Junya Ishigami


How Small?: 'little gardens', junya.ishigami+associates, 2007-2008, © Takumi Ota, Tatsumi Sato collection

How small? How vast? How architecture grows
Architecture like a cloud, like a horizon, like a wood, like a landscape, like water. To Junya Ishigami these are not metaphors. He draws inspiration from the way nature appears to man and aspires to an architecture that floats, that is infinite, light, that flows, is transparent, dissolves and has hardly any substance. It is not the logic of the design, the spatial theory or the structural principle of a building that should stand out. Ishigami wants his buildings to appeal through their new spatiality and environmental richness. He seeks out the limits of the possible - both human and technical - and calls this "making a new reality". It is a quest for the pure and essential in architecture. In the profound and varied world of architecture he operates with an endless sense of wonder.