The Montecito Residence is a single-family home set in the fire-prone Toro Canyon. The owners wanted a house that minimized its use of scarce natural resources and recognized the challenging environmental conditions of the area. The design solution is a structure that functions as an umbrella to shield the house from the sun and allows cool offshore breezes to move through the space.
“Global Ends – Towards the Beginning” will feature site-inspired works located in Tokyo, Melbourne, the Madeira Islands (Portugal), Santiago, Seattle, Singapore and Olot (Spain). This exhibit aims to illustrate the dormant potentials at the “global ends,” from which various new values can emerge. The concept behind Global Ends is to shine a light on architectural practices that are uniquely rooted in local regions, cultures and environments. The exhibit hopes to inspire architects, designers, and individuals to break away from the uniformity brought upon the environment by the Modernist movement and to instead pursue diverse paradigms while questioning their meanings. Global Ends wants to awaken at least one new architectural value that’s both sustainable and able to take hold in the 21st century world of design.
The Toto Gallery MA is a 25 year-old institution located in Tokyo, Japan, led by world-renowned architects Tao Ando, Waro Kishi, Hiroshi Naito, Kenya Hara and Tokujin Yoshioka. This exhibit will open November 19, 2010 and will run until February 26, 2011. Tom Kundig will also be participating in a panel discussion at the gallery on Friday, November 19, moderated by the exhibition’s curator and architectural historian Ken Tadashi Oshima.