Waro Kishi ; works and projects / with an essay by Masao Furuyama.

by Furuyama, MasaoLooking glass.

Series: Electa architecture: Publisher: Milan : Electa, [2005]Description: 248 pages : illustrations (some colour), plans ; 28 cm.ISBN: 1904313388.Subject(s): Kishi, Warō, 1950-Looking glass | Architecture, JapaneseLooking glassNote: Bibliography: pages 236-239.
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Born in 1950 and currently based in Kyoto, Waro Kishi belongs to the generation of Japanese architects that emerged after Tadao Ando. Although he has acknowledged the influence of the Osaka architect, Kishi has sensibility all his own. Made primarily of glass and steel and not massive expanses of concrete like Ando's work, Kishi's buildings are considered by some to be more delicate and subtle, and overall his designs are less driven by iconic forms. A self-described contrarian, who preferred the works of architects such as Marcel Breuer and Richard Neutra when many others were embracing Post-Modernism, he refuses such labels as Modernist or Miesian. This is the first book to provide an overview of this innovative architect's career.

Bibliography: pages 236-239.

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The buildings of contemporary Japanese architect Kishi inspire among die-hard modernists a new hope that reason and clarity have survived Disneyland and Las Vegas. Kishi's small-scale projects combine the formal purity of simple Platonic forms with a celebration of light. His structures honor the aesthetic power of the industrial materials from which they are made--steel and glass. When concrete is deployed, its mass is attenuated and its planes humanly scaled. The austerity of Kishi's interiors is moderated by elegant proportions and poetic luminosity. The care Kishi takes to introduce nature within the building avoids the impression of the coldly mechanical often associated with Mies van der Rohe and the International Style. In a well-deserved encomium, Furuyama (Kyoto Institute of Technology) introduces this survey of Kishi's work from the 1980s to the present. The power of the volume, however, lies in its excellently reproduced photographs, which are usefully complemented by building plans and sections. Electa, which produced the book, and Phaidon, which distributes it, are both publishers with long and distinguished histories of publication in the arts. The present volume makes an admirable addition to their architectural lists. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. A. J. Wharton Duke University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Masao Furuyama graduated in 1971 from the Architecture Department of Kyoto University, where in 1976 he completed a research doctorate in engineering. Since 1996 he has been professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, where he was appointed assistant director in 2004. He is the author of Tadao Ando(Basel, 1996).