Freeing Architecture



ISBN: 9782869251380 Category:

Junya Ishigami


A unique journey through the world of one of Japan’s most creative architects.

In his architectural works, which he compares to clouds, landscapes or forests, the Japanese architect Junya Ishigami eliminates the boundaries between exterior and interior space. He draws inspiration from nature, lending a dreamlike quality to his work. This book accompanies the architect’s exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, which reveals, on an unprecedented scale, his latest research into freedom, fluidity and the future of architecture. This is book traces the genesis of the project, and includes photographs, drawings, models, and all the poetry of the work of Ishigami.

Additional information

Weight 2510 g
Dimensions 25.7 x 36.4 cm
Publisher name Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain
Publication date 1 November 2018
Number of pages 324
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 25.7 x 36.4 cm
Weight 2510 g


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Junya Ishigami (b. 1974) established his own architecture practice junya. ishigami+associates (Tokyo) in 2004. Some of his large-scale projects include the Kanagawa Institute of Technology (Japan); the restoration (beginning in 2011) of Moscow's Polytechnic Museum and its transformation into a garden-museum; and the design of the House of Peace for the city of Copenhagen, a massive cloud-shaped building located on an island, with a floor made of water, intended as a symbol of peace. The artist has also created numerous on-site installations, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2007 and at London's Barbican Art Gallery in 2011. In 2010, Junya Ishigami received the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for his installation Architecture as Air: Study for Ch√Ęteau La Coste, an exquisite life-sized maquette. In 2016, he received the BSI Swiss Architectural Award for lifetime achievement.