The short-films series “Japanese Architecture – Swiss Inspirations: 8 portraits from Tokyo” was officially launched at the Museum of Kyoto a cultural heritage building in the presence of over 80 guests and a very special guest from Switzerland, Prof. Dr. Christophe Girot, dean-designate of the Architecture Department of ETH Zürich.
The project portrays eight interviews of prominent figures in Japan from the fields of architecture and building culture, and highlights the Swiss influence on their works. Each video interview is accompanied by two additional video tracks, one showing the conception of architecture in their offices and one showing realized projects in their urban settings. The viewer can switch back and forth between the three films while listening to the interview audio.
The interviewees are the following:
- Manabu Chiba (Chiba Manabu Architects)
- Masahiko Higashino (Takenaka Research & Development Institute)
- Tadahiro Kawada (Kawada Technologies)
- Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma and Associates)
- Seiichi Saito (Rhizomatiks)
- Keisuke Toyoda (noiz architects)
- Erwin Viray (Singapore University of Technology & Design/Kyoto Institute of Technology, Gallery MA)
- Riken Yamamoto (Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop)
The short-films were created by Mr. Dario Lanfranconi, commissioned by the Science & Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan.
The launch event featured a commemorative interview with Prof. Girot, Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Architecture Department of ETH Zürich, who shared his insight on the similarities and differences between Swiss and Japanese Architecture. Prof. Masahiro Kinoshita from the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) and Mr. Hiroyuki Kimura, both architects with an extensive knowledge and experience of Switzerland also participated in the discussion. Furthermore, the specialists exchanged their views on the future of architecture education in Switzerland and in Japan.
The launch event followed a public lecture given on Design Topology in the Digital Age by Prof. Girot, who introduced to the audience the impressive projects by his lab in collaboration with KYOTO Design Lab, KIT in traditional Japanese gardens of Kyoto.
Our big thanks to KYOTO Design Lab for the kind support in organizing this launch event!