The Hidden Geometry of Objects

architects Mao Harada, Mashiro Harada
project Geo Metria House, Kanagawa, Japan
written by Alan Kostrenčić


From the position of us Europeans, Japan is probably the culture, the way of life, technology, and thus also the architecture of the future. Since the appearance of Metabolism, at the beginning of the 1960s, Japan and its architecture have been a window into the future, and movers of technological and conceptual boundaries. What is the future offered today in the newest Japanese architectural production?


It seems that the young (or more precisely – younger) generations of Japanese architects, like the Bow-wow studio, Sou Fujimoto or Juny Ishigami, are foreshadowing a different image of this future than we might expect on the basis of fashionable shopping streets Omotesando and Aoyamu in Tokyo. The dystopian images, seen thirty years ago in Blade Runner[1] are not very different from Tokyo today. However, the future changed with the present.

[1] Ridley Scott: Blade Runner, 1982