lightness flatness softness #1

lightness flatness softness #1

text by yosuke komiyama

As we proposed by the project “the roof of modality,” I’m interested in the architecture which is never finished/completed but always in transition. People may not even notice it’s an architecture in ordinary sense, but feel a built environment around. If this amorphous space can be made out of standardised ordinary building elements, it’s easy to understand/use/construct in phases but it’s beyond one’s control at the same time in large scale or in long term. There is no mandatory monolithic philosophy but a lot of everyday life dialogues within it.


Richard Horden, who is famous for his micro architecture design methods and fetishism for architectural lightness, likes to use the word, “less architecture and more nature.” Nature is something not under control by a designer but under control by others and kept being driven by various parameters towards optimization by themselves. Minimising architecture is one way to get those “others” involved/penetrate into the design and help architecture adaptable for changes.

マイクロアーキテクチュアを使った教育や軽い建築へのフェティシズムで知られる建築家リチャード?ホールデンは、less architecture and more natureという言葉を好んで使います。自然は、デザイナーの制御下にはおけないものですが、最適化に向かって常に流れつづけるものです。建築する部分を最小化?不完全化し、そうした制御不能なものを始めから受け入れてデザインすることは、建築を変化に対応可能にする方法のひとつでしょう。

I like the way how the buildings are built in London where small practices have got equal chance to design large scale projects by teaming up with other small practices in a network. Their design manor is naturally consist of communication with “others.” Technologies such us BIM will accelerate it. A survey reported the BIM would empower large multidisciplinary practices in short term but in long term it “give them cause to reduce their practice to a very small core with established links to a range of cutting edge consultants ? working in a network in a more nimble manner.”


Lightness is a word came out of hi-tech tradition in 20th century UK about reducing material and energy by optimising their application. Flatness is a word used in ornamental pattern design method in 19th century UK, about collective behavior/effect beyond individual materiality in observation. Softness is a word used by Swiss researcher in 21th century for their kinetic structure model. I want to relate those words to find flexible architectural system/methodology and put it on historical context.


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