Item description for Innerscape by Hiroshi Naito...
Hiroshi Naito is currently one of Japan's most active and innovative architects. His special passion is complex wooden structures and the use of ornate and artistic roofing tiles. Although he has not thus far designed outside Japan, his magnificent museums and cultural event buildings --- but also his private homes in the Tokyo area --- have created an international sensation. This publication documents selected projects from the years 1985--2005, including the new Shimane Arts Center, an extensive museum and theater complex in Masuda (Shimane Prefecture), which is scheduled to open in 2005; the municipal library in Tokamachi; the botanical museum in Makino; and the fishing museum in Toba. All of these projects are presented with authoritative technical drawings, which convey their details and material characteristics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.4" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2005
Publisher Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN 3764374683 ISBN13 9783764374686
Reviews - What do customers think about Innerscape?
Details Sep 14, 2007
This is a very well documented architectural monograph. There are only five projects presented, which allow each project enough pages for you to read the complexity. The CAD drawings are abundant and precisely drafted, and their expressions are very coherent to the detail throughout the book to a degree that they seem to have been redrawn exclusively for this monograph. There are even spread out sheets for large sections with all the materials called out. This is in accord with Professor Naito's philosophy and aesthetics of architectural design. In the introductory essay, he says that he likes working with details, and these are what he pours his thoughts and energies into. He considers details to work not only within his architecture, but also in the landscape. The details are designed to withstand the climatic conditions (i.e. heavy snowfalls in the northern region and typoons in the southern) and to sit harmoniously in the landscape as all the projects presented in this book are in rather rustic sites. It is very interesting to see how the materials associated with modern architecture, concrete, glass and steel are introduced to the more traditional materials, wood and tiles not only tectonically, but also in relation to the surroundings. The atmosphere is serious and ordered, and the aesthetics conveyed is heavyweight. For this reason, you may not be in agreement with his aesthetics, but I recommend this book for the attention paid to the details, the amount of information and the way traditional court aesthetics and construction methods have been formally expressed with modern architectural ones.