Arata Isozaki (b.1931) is one of the most important and influential Japanese architects working today. Since opening his practice in 1963, he has built extensively in Japan, Europe, the United States and more recently China. Through his work, both as an architect and theorist, Isozaki has acted as a bridge between the East and the West, exporting Japanese architecture and introducing Western trends into Japan.
This book presents a selection of his vast oeuvre in six thematic chapters, conceived by Arata Isozaki himself together with Ken Tadashi Oshima. These chapters follow the principles of Isozaki's instructive theorization of architecture and his own architectural works. Each chapter is introduced by Ken Tadashi Oshima, and this is followed by a conceptual essay by Isozaki. Projects are then presented in depth accompanied by a wealth of illustrations from the Isozaki Office Archive, including sketches, silkscreens, drawings, photographs and models.
Arata Isozaki is one of the most important living Japanese architects today. After spending nine years working as an apprentice for Kenzo Tange, he went on to establish his own firm, Arata Isozaki Studio, in 1963, and since then has earned a reputation across the globe for his notable buildings in Asia, Europe and America. He was awarded the RIBA gold medal in 1986. Ken Tadashi Oshima is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington's Department of Architecture. Educated at Harvard, U. C. Berkeley and Columbia, Dr. Oshima's publications include Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noemi Raymond (2006) and Visions of the Real: Modern Houses in the 20th Century (2000).