Delve into the minds of 41 great Japanese architects at 'Archi Depot Tokyo' – an exhibition showcasing a range of architectonic concept models at La Triennale di Milano.
The installation explores the thought processes of a number of lauded designers, revealing the way in which they attempt to create architectural masterpieces. The show – which features the work of Shigeru Ban, Milan-based Setsu and Shinobu Ito, Arata Isozaki, Riken Yamamoto and many more – is organised by the new Japanese design company Archi Depot Foundation, which was itself founded this year by the 'culture curation site' Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Centre.
Viewers are afforded an insight into the breadth of skills, past and present, inherent in Japanese architecture through the models on show; from the whimsical, tangled work of Akihisa Hirata and the intricate craft of Hiroshi Naito’s sculptural gymnasium (designed for Shizuoka Prefecture's Kusanagi Sports Complex), to more conventional structures – such as Arata Isozaki's Allianz tower – and disaster relief projects in the form of Ban's Nepal project.
The exhibition also features talks from both Yamamoto and Ban, and installation design by Setsu and Ito. Through the show, the foundation aims to highlight Japan’s presence at the Milan Expo and ‘stimulate understanding in the relationship between architecture and the urban or natural environments’.
Following the close of the show on 19 July, Archi Depot Foundation is eventually planning to open a museum in Tokyo to house all of the influential models and archives, further helping to celebrate Japanese design and creation.