Lena

the best 5 best buildings of the japan tour

  1. Chichu Museum-Tadao Ando- subterranean to keep the sanctity of the island’s natural scape intact. Presence of two courtyards with dry and green landscape again reiterating that nature is part of art. Building was itself a work of art-the empty spaces to introspect, the quality of natural light, the mass and void relationship, the minimalistic vocabulary; it also participated in the representation of other art pieces. Complete experience design.
  2. Tama art University Library-Toyo Ito-extremely poetic in spatiality, mind boggling concept of structure and modularity, as dynamic as can be with each arch different and yet the same. Paradise for voracious readers.
  3. 21_21 Design Sight-Tadao Ando-scale and space-making felt extremely ‘correct’
  4. Archidepot-the very concept of displaying and storing models, very unusual concept but extremely relevant.
  5. Teshima Art Gallery-SANAA- it simply cannot get more fundamental than this. Essence of Japanese reverence towards nature exemplified best here.

Lena Gupta

Lena

the 5 most coveted buildings of seoul

  1. Dongdaemun Design Plaza– huge stunt in terms of a massive multi-layered program celebrating culture, history, performing and visual arts, design, commerce, recreation and leisure and even the simple and conventionally mundane act of commuting-civic architecture pulled off. An unusual form that has been criticised for not fitting into the context actually ends up tying the chaos. Night illumination that keeps changing and can be viewed from every multi-storeyed building surrounding it adds to its dynamism.
  2. Lee Samsung Museum– firstly the very act of three world famous architects collaborating on a single project, merging their vocabulary fairly well. But Nouvel’s museum concept of making the introvert box fitting the purpose of showcasing installations and then at appropriate distances, opening up to the exterior, giving a breather and pause space.
  3. Kunsthall– very simple, modular, easy and fast to assemble, proportions guaranteed due to the fixed size of containers, neat, clean, clear form.
  4. L platform– relevant neighbourhood hang-out zone- scale was perfect; the concept of the auditorium below the open plaza makes a lot of sense structurally. Nice finishes, sleek detailing.
  5. 0914– the sheer way in which subterranean space had been carved out with small courts and light wells.

 

Lena Gupta