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​Arata Isozaki

architect. Born in Oita prefecture. Studied under Kenzo Tange and completed the doctoral course in 1961. He is a visiting professor at the University of California, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, etc. 1963 Established Arata Isozaki atelier. In his activities for more than 40 years, he has focused on architectural forms and citations, and has published numerous works while developing various expressions. He has served as a commissioner for the Kumamoto Art Police, the Venice Biennale, and the Visions of Japan exhibition, and is actively involved in projects involving other architects and artists.

As a judge, he has been involved in discovering young talent and realizing problematic works in topical competitions such as La Billet Park (Paris), Hong Kong Peak, and Sendai Mediatheque. Also, since he was young, he has had many exchanges with artists and cultural figures, and beyond the framework of architects, he collaborated with the criticism magazines "Herumesu " and "Critique Space", and Akira Asada (1957-) in the "ANY" series. Create a forum for cross-cutting discussions such as symposiums.

Mr. Isozaki announced the 2019 Pritzker Prize, which is said to be the "Nobel Prize in the architectural world", in March this year. This is the eighth winner, following Ryue Nishizawa, Toyo Ito, and Shigeru Ban.
"Arata Isozaki + Kishin Shinoyama Architectural Journey 1-12" (1980-1992)

"Dismantling of Architecture" (1984)

Modern means modern, and postmodern means "after modern". In general, it is "unique and chaotic postmodern" as opposed to "functional and simple modern". "Individuality" means individuality because each has different properties, that is, there is no single word to explain "postmodernism".

The "demolition" used by Arata Isozaki in "demolition of architecture" is "modern demolition." This is just about postmodernism. Since postmodernism is unique and diverse, there is no choice but to list individual cases when talking about "dismantling."

In this book, the representative postmodern architects and architectural groups "Hans Hollein", "Archigram", "Charles Moore", "Cedric Price", " Christopher Alexander ", " Robert Venturi ", "Super Studio / Archigram" Is the subject. The activities of the architects are described in detail based on abundant materials in each subject.

"Architectural Performance Tsukuba Center Building Controversy" (1985)

"Form 1 of <architecture>" (1991)

"The Origin of Japan" (1996)

"Theory of Artificialism Demi Urgo Morphism" (1996)

"Arata Isozaki's Work Techniques Architect's Idea Channel" (1996)

"Method is Counter Architecture" (1997)

"To Space" (1997)

"Arata Isozaki's architectural discussions 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12" (2001-2003)
"● Works, etc. ▽ SD editorial department edition" Contemporary architect Arata Isozaki 1 "(1977)

"Modern Architect Arata Isozaki 2" (1984)

"Arata Isozaki 1960/1990 Architecture Exhibition" (1991)

"Arata Isozaki 30-Models, Prints, Drawings" (1992)

"UNBUILT / History of Anti-Architecture" (2001)

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Kunio Maekawa , Le Corbusier

Kenzo Tange

Sachio Otani, Takashi Asada, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, Kisho Kurokawa, Yoshio Taniguchi


The former Oita Medical Center, located in Niagemachi, Oita City, Oita Prefecture, is a substantial virgin work of Arata Isozaki, completed in 1960, and is one of the early masterpieces. It is a dynamic model that looks like a huge concrete cylinder lifted in the air, and the new building, which was expanded in 1972, embodies Isozaki's theory of growing architecture at that time.

Since the former Oita Medical Association was to be demolished when the Oita Medical Association was relocated, a conservation movement was developed mainly by the Architectural Institute of Japan from 1998 to 1999.


Iwata Gakuen

The representative school buildings of Iwata Gakuen are "Building No. 1" and "Building No. 2". School officials who saw the buildings facing each other said, "It seems that they are talking to each other." According to the above-mentioned "To Space " treatise, it was an architectural work in the heyday of Metabolism, and it was planned that buildings of the same style would be built one after another on the premises. However, this did not happen in the end. A large horizontal continuous window is provided under the diagonally cut roof to provide sufficient lighting. The style is reminiscent of Le Corbusier's early works "Ozenfant House" and "Maison Planeix" in Paris. The oldest surviving architectural work by Arata Isozaki


Oita Prefectural Library 1966 AIJ Prize for Public Architecture DOCOMOMO Japan

The former Oita Prefectural Oita Library was scheduled to be demolished due to the construction of the new Prefectural Library (Toyo no Kuni Information Library), but Oita City received the transfer of the building and site from Oita Prefecture and became an art plaza. It is a reproduction.
In 1998, when the museum opened, it was selected as one of the 100 best public buildings, and in 2003, it was selected as a modern movement building in Japan by DOCOMOMO Japan. On the 1st floor, there is a civic gallery, on the 2nd floor, there is a 60's hall that permanently displays works of contemporary art from the Oita Art Museum, an art hall that can be used for multiple purposes, a practical room, a training room, etc. The 3rd floor is the Isozaki New Architecture Exhibition Room, which permanently displays models and materials of Arata Isozaki's architectural works. In the 1960s, he designed a strong concrete block such as the Oita Medical Center (1960) and the Oita Prefectural Oita Library (1966). Also interested in technical proposals, in the early 1960s series of "Aerial Cities", he proposed a system in which huge cores could be freely connected in the air.


Gunma Museum of Modern Art 1974 AIJ Prize, 100 Public Buildings

In the concept of Isozaki's Gunma Museum of Modern Art, a collection of cubic frames based on 1.2 m is assumed to be a cavity that is likened to a frame surrounding an art work, and this cavity (space) through which the art work passes. Is fluidly variable and is supposed to be proliferative. As a result, the basic structure of the current building is the integration of cubic frames with a side of 12 m, the aluminum panel on the outer wall and the glass surface grid are 120 cm on a side, the wall surface of the entrance hall and the marble panel on the floor are 60 cm on a side, and the floor. The tiles are squares with a side of 15 cm, and all the components are squares with dimensions based on 12 m. The idea of a growing cube was proved by the expansion of the theater building in 1994 and the contemporary art building in 1998. In the 1970s, he advocated methodologies and pursued the manipulation of pure geometric forms. For example, the Gunma Museum of Modern Art (1974), which is composed of cubic frames, and the Kitakyushu City Central Library (1974), which has a semi-cylindrical vault roof, are pursuing the possibilities of architectural forms. ..
In 1975, Arata Isozaki received the 27th AIJ Prize (work) for this architecture.


Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art 1974 100 selections of public buildings

Isozaki is said to have been designed with the image of a cathedral. Two large volumes create the appearance as a cantilever. It is a symmetric structure. Because of its appearance, it has the nickname of "binoculars on the hill." The entrance hall is a three-story atrium. A collection of contemporary art, mainly from the Impressionists. In addition, about 1,300 ukiyo-e collections by Sen-ichi Tamura, a Japanese scholar of Kyushu University, were donated in bulk after his death. In 1998 (Heisei 10), it was selected as one of the 100 best public buildings.


Tsukuba Center Building

Tsukuba Center Building is a building (complex facility) located in Azuma 1-chome, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. It is a core facility in the Tsukuba Science City Center area and is a landmark of the city. Quotes from historical stylesGeometric forms are scattered in fragments.

It is a masterpiece of architect Arata Isozaki, and is considered to be a representative work of Japanese postmodern architecture. In the 1980s, he tried to quote historical architecture, resonating with the trend of postmodernism. At the Tsukuba Center Building (1983), fragments of Western architecture, such as works by Michelangelo and Redou, were eclectically studded and became a hot topic. A drawing of the ruins of the Tsukuba Center Building is also drawn.
Construction started in June 1980, completed in June 1983, and opened on the 10th of the same month. It is a complex facility consisting of a hotel, a concert hall, a shopping district, a plaza, etc., and forms the core of Tsukuba Science City. In addition to making heavy use of the geometric design that Isozaki is good at, it is a Mannerist work with metaphors and symbols studded with historical quotations that are characteristic of postmodernism.
There is a square (forum) that is the reverse of Campidoglio Square in Rome. Campidoglio Square is located up the hill and has a statue in the center, while in Tsukuba Center Building, the square is low and the center is a fountain. At the time of completion, it became a hot topic that the perspective map of the abandoned Tsukuba Center Building was released. It is said that Isozaki fell into a temporary slump after the completion of this work.



Akiyoshidai International Art Village 1998

Akiyoshidai International Art Village is a cultural complex located in Shuho Town, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It was built by the design of architect Arata Isozaki. It is designed to take advantage of the shape of the site, taking into account the terrain of the valley surrounded by mountains, but it touches the karst plateau so that you can concentrate on your creative activities without the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The southern slope of a quiet bag-shaped land surrounded by low hills was selected as the site.
The site is studded with various facilities, including a hall that can accommodate about 300 people, a restaurant, a training room, a studio for practice, a gallery, a cafeteria, and an accommodation room that can accommodate up to 100 people. .. The building uses a lot of limestone after Akiyoshidai, and when you step into the narrow constricted gate of the bag-shaped land, you will see an accommodation building with eight guest rooms on your left. The main building stands at the foot of the mountain. As the name "art village" suggests, these are not a single building, but a collection of small buildings like a traditional Japanese settlement.


Akiyoshidai International Art Village 1990 BCS Prize

Art Tower Mito (English name: Art Tower Mito) is a contemporary art museum consisting of a museum, concert hall, and theater in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, which opened on March 22, 1990. It is a complex facility. Designed by architect Arata Isozaki. It is operated by the Mito City Arts Foundation. The first director is Hidekazu Yoshida, a music critic. On April 1, 2013, Seiji Ozawa, the conductor who is the music adviser of the Mito Chamber Orchestra, which belongs to the museum, was appointed as the second director to succeed Yoshida.

There is a tower made of titanium with a strong presence on the premises, and the height is 100m in honor of the 100th anniversary. This tower is also designed by Arata Isozaki, and has a design that looks like a stack of triangular pyramids. This work won the BCS Prize in 1991.


Palau Sant Jordi 1990

Palau Sant Jordi is an indoor stadium in Barcelona, Spain. It is a member of the European Arenas Association. It was built in the wake of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Gymnastics, handball finals, and volleyball finals were held at the Olympics. The designer is Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect. In basketball, the 1998, 2003, and 2011 EuroLeague Final Fours are held and concerts are held. In 2003, the FINA World Championships were held. It was also used in the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship. The panto dome construction method is a construction method in which the roof completed on the ground is lifted with a jack like a pantograph of a train.


Kyoto Concert Hall 1995

The Kyoto Concert Hall is a concert hall dedicated to classical concerts in the city, located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It was built by the city of Kyoto as part of the 1200th anniversary of the founding of Heiankyo. A designated manager system has been introduced, and it is managed and operated by the Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation. A pipe organ is installed in a large shoebox-shaped hall. The building features a black column, and the entrance hall is also inside. There is a spiral slope inside, and the approach is made quite long. This work won the BCS Prize in 1997.


Nara Centennial Hall 1998

Nara Centennial Hall is a multipurpose hall in front of JR Nara Station in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Dropped on February 1, 1999 as part of the 100th anniversary of the enforcement of the Nara City system. The designer is Arata Isozaki. It can accommodate up to 1,692 people, which is larger than the Nara Prefectural Cultural Hall, which was the largest in the prefecture until then, and is also the largest hall in the prefecture. The middle hall is for concerts centered on classical music, and the small hall is for plays and exhibitions, but the elevator is not connected to the large hall, and the ground parking lot to the entrance must go around the building halfway. Barrier-free has not progressed at all as it was at the time of construction, and the structure is difficult for the elderly and people with disabilities to use. The multi-purpose hall "Nara Centennial Hall" designed by Arata Isozaki in front of JR Nara Station in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, is a huge, black whale-like building that is made in the image of a cultural ship. Also, this building is built by a rare construction method called the Pantadome construction method.


Hara Museum Ark March 2008

The Hara Museum Ark by Arata Isozaki is built on a large green site adjacent to the Ikaho Green Bokujo. The sharp form of the architecture, which was designed by Arata Isozaki and unified in black tones, shows the appearance of shining in the rich green surroundings. The three exhibition rooms, which are arranged with the symmetry of the square gallery A with a pyramid-shaped roof and the gallery B and C extending on both wings, are of contemporary art in a simple space where soft natural light shines down from the top light. We are exhibiting. On the other hand, the special exhibition room "Kankai-an" is a quiet Japanese-style space with the motif of Shoin-zukuri, and the craftsmanship of master craftsmen shines throughout the interior finished with wood, stone, Japanese paper, and plaster. The outdoors are also dotted with permanent works by contemporary artists from Japan and abroad, including Andy Warhol, Olafur Eliasson, and Jean-Michel Othoniel. The hotel also uses solar power in consideration of the environment.



Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art March 1994

The building completed this time as a construction work for the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art, Library, and Restaurant, is a collection of several independent buildings. Among them, the part that is going to be called the Nagi MOCA is the part that goes into the entrance and is on the north side of the coffee shop facing the pond on the right. There is a library on the 2nd and 3rd floors on the left, and a small townsman gallery on the lower floor. The restaurant building is further separated to the south, but this is a place for people who will visit the museum to eat and rest, and there is also a sales floor for the town's specialty products, and the entire building is surrounded by bamboo grove. These facilities were basically built for the use of the townspeople. However, only the Museum of Contemporary Art is conceived with the intention of going beyond the expanse of this region and being involved in the trends of art and museums around the world.
Specifically, the works of only three artists will be exhibited here semi-permanently. For the time being, Shusaku Arakawa's ridge is called [Sun], Kazuo Okazaki's ridge is called [Moon], and Aiko Miyawaki's ridge is called [Earth]. It is "resembled" by being associated with a simple form. This museum is said to be the forerunner of experiential museums in Japan, where you can experience integrated works and architecture with all five senses.


Shizuoka Convention Arts Center GRANSHIP March 1999

The exterior is inspired by a ship, and is nicknamed "Granship" after its shape. It is a huge building with 2 basement floors and 12 floors above ground, with a total floor area of 60,360 m2, a total length of over 200 m, and a height of about 60 m. It stands out from the train windows of the Tokaido Main Line and Tokaido Shinkansen, which pass right next to it. The total project cost of this building, including the land and the building, amounts to about 70 billion yen. There is a large hall (ceiling height 58m), a medium hall, Shizuoka Arts Theater, a conference room and a prefectural library Granship corner.

As you can see from the name Granship, it is shaped like a ship. It has a very dynamic architecture and is easily accessible from Shizuoka Station, making it the venue for all events in Shizuoka. It seems that there was an accident in 2004, five years after the completion, when the outer wall made of slate fell.

​Arata Isozaki Tokyo Design Conference 2015
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​Arata Isozaki Tokyo Design Conference Hiroshi Naito
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​Arata Isozaki Tokyo Design Conference Kazuyo Sejima
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​Arata Isozaki Tokyo Design Conference Arata Isozaki x Hiroshi Naito x Kazuyo Sejima
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​Arata Isozaki Festival City 2018
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