Sou Fujimoto: Between Nature and Architecture


Celebrated Japanese architect will speak about the boundaries between the natural and the man-made, and the imperative of incorporating nature into architecture within the modern city

Photo by Iwan Baan/Sou Fujimoto Architects

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto will speak about the possibilities for interaction between architecture and its environment.

Fujimoto’s projects have successfully combined advanced building technologies and the natural landscape. He has created a “new form of environment… where the natural and the man-made merge.” In a statement for his commission for the Serpentine Pavilion, he described this “new form” as ”not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two.” Fujimoto’s main objective is to use his projects to bring about a dialogue between mankind, the natural landscape, and architecture.

Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established “Sou Fujimoto Architects” in 2000. In 2014, Fujimoto won the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellier. In 2013 he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London.
In 2012, he participated for the exhibition at the Japan Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. His most important works include “the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013”, House NA (2011), the Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), the Final Wooden House (2008), and House N (2008). Among other multiple awards, Fujimoto was also granted with the “Grand Prize” for AR Awards 2006 (Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation), the first prize in the international competition for “Taiwan Tower” and “Beton Hala Waterfront Center” in 2011.