Akihisa Hirata: Tangling

Exhibition at The Architecture Foundation Curated by Naomi Shibata

Film by Yutaka Endo and Takashi Kurokawa, Luftzug Co. Ltd

Tokyo-based architect Akihisa Hirata is known for geometric architecture inspired by his close observation of nature. The exhibition, curated by Japanese curator / editor Naomi Shibata and currently on show at the the Architecture Foundation in London, reveals the work of the architect through over three hundred study models and sketches, as well as films displayed on and around a floating white loop that fills the exhibition space.

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

The Architecture Foundation provided the following text:

Hot on the heels of his Venice Biennale debut and Golden Lion win, emerging Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata presents his first solo international exhibition at The Architecture Foundation this autumn.

Taking the form of a continuous contorted loop, the immersive 1:1 installation filling the AF’s Central London Project Space demonstrates the essence of Hirata’s architecture. The loop creates multiple pathways and nooks, whilst layered upon and amongst the structure are over three hundred study models and sketches, an interview with the architect, an ambient soundscape, and specially commissioned films, illustrating Hirata’s theories of ‘tangling’ in architecture.

Interested in creating simple and elegant geometric solutions that emulate and abstract nature's millions of years of experience, Hirata sees architecture and ecology as a complex, interwoven tangle - in terms of form, function and the relationship between the artificial and the natural. His designs rigorously explore future possibilities for architecture and structure.

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

Akihisa Hirata said of his work:

“The architecture of the future should be linked to the nature of living things. Architecture is the realization of new horizons that are not only linked to the vast expanse of architectural history, but also to the history of the human race and life itself. Considering architecture as a tangle leads us closer to these new horizons and hopes.”

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

JA+U : Akihisa Hirata: Tangling © Daniel Hewitt

Mr. Hirata’s work such as the award winning Bloomberg Pavilion for the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and an apartment Alp has appeared in our magazines.

JA+U : Bloomberg Pavilion for the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo by Akihisa Hirata © Shinkenchiku-sha

Bloomberg Pavilion by Akihisa Hirata © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : Alp by Akihisa Hirata © Shinkenchiku-sha

Alp by Akihisa Hirata © Shinkenchiku-sha