From his woodland studio, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki opens up about time, space and the extravagance of silence

Since its inception in 2014, the Time-Space-Existence satellite event has become one of the most highly anticipated showcases at the Venice Architecture Biennale, bringing together over 100 established and emerging architects. Ahead of the next edition – opening in May next year – the GAA Foundation with the support of the European Cultural Centre (ECC) is putting architecture icons and their practices in the frame with a new video series.

The first film from the series focuses on Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, offering a glimpse into his life and working environment from his verdant woodland studio. ‘Extravagance for me is complete silence – nothing less,’ says Isozaki. Integral to the 86-year-old’s architectural legacy is the Japanese concept of ma – the void and time that lies between all things – which has had a profound influenced on his work. Here, the pioneer of the 1960s avant-garde movement of Metabolism reflects on his practice and Japanese architectural identity as a whole, musing, ‘Japan is just an island with no real boundaries.’

See each film in the ‘Time-Space-Existence’ video series first exclusively on ‘Time-Space-Existence’ opens at the Venice Architecture Biennale in May 2018. For more information, visit the Arata Isozaki website, the GAA Foundation website, the European Cultural Centre website and the PLANE-SITE website

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