from now until june 10, 2018, paris’ fondation cartier presents ‘freeing architecture’, the first major solo exhibition dedicated to the work of japanese architect junya ishigami. born in 1974 in japan’s kanagawa prefecture, ishigami belongs to a generation of japanese architects that emerged in the 2000s in the wake of toyo ito and kazuyo sejima, and to which the museum of modern art in new york has recently devoted a large exhibition.

 

to coincide with the opening of ‘freeing architecture’, photographer laurian ghinitoiu has shared his images of the exhibition, which highlight the range of work on view.

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‘freeing architecture’ is on view at fondation cartier in paris
image © laurian ghinitoiu (also main image)

 

 

trained at tokyo university of the arts, ishigami gained experience as an architect at SANAA before founding junya.ishigami+associates in 2004. six years later, in 2010, he won the golden lion at the venice architecture biennale. to date, junya ishigami’s most known projects include the kanagawa institute of technology and a house he completed for a couple in tokyo. ‘I wish to think about architecture freely’, the architect says. ‘to expand my perspective on architecture as flexibly, broadly, and subtly as possible, beyond the stereotypes of what architecture is considered to be.’

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the show includes a range of photographs, drawings, and models
image © laurian ghinitoiu

 

 

the exhibition at fondation cartier, reveals ishigami’s research into freedom, fluidity, and the future of architecture. 20 architectural projects across asia and europe are presented through a series of large-scale models, accompanied by films and drawings, that document their different stages of conception and construction. existing in dialogue with jean nouvel’s building, the steel structure designed to house the cartier fondation in 1994, the event is the first large-scale solo-show that the museum has devoted to an architect. ‘freeing architecture’ is accompanied by a book that features mixed photographs, drawings, models, and all the poetry inherent to ishigami’s work. 

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20 architectural projects across asia and europe are presented
image © laurian ghinitoiu

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the exhibition fills the jean nouvel-designed space
image © laurian ghinitoiu

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‘house of peace’ is a proposal for a floating structure in denmark
image © laurian ghinitoiu

junya ishigami fondation cartier
‘I wish to think about architecture freely’, says ishigami
image © laurian ghinitoiu

junya ishigami fondation cartier
‘house and restaurant’ includes seating beneath organic forms
image © laurian ghinitoiu

junya ishigami fondation cartier
the event is the first large-scale solo-show that the museum has devoted to an architect
image © laurian ghinitoiu

junya ishigami fondation cartier
large scale models are accompanied by drawings and other imagery
image © laurian ghinitoiu

junya ishigami fondation cartier
some of the architect’s best-known projects are on view
image © laurian ghinitoiu

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junya ishigami at the show’s preview in paris
image © laurian ghinitoiu

 

 

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