A combination home and photographer’s studio, the project is an exploration of memories and their potential to resonate over time. Remnant landscape elements, building geometries, and materials from the previous home on the site reappear in the new building. These fragments act as artifacts that recall earlier times. The two-story living room/studio has a curved roof that serves as a large reflector for diffusing natural and artificial light. Details, such as the stairs, fireplace, light fixtures and hardware, are made of metal and reflect the owner’s interests in art and craftsmanship.
“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.