Item description for SHUHEI ENDO: PARAMODERN ARCHITECTURE (Electa's Modern Masters) by Hiroyuki Suzuki & Shuhei Endo...
Japanese architect Shuhei Endo can be defined as an architect of steel, since he distinctly favors this material in the buildings he designs, continually experimenting with its infinite possibilities. His works are apparently weightless and communicate a sense of liberty: undulating sheets of steel are twisted into spirals and wrapped around buildings in overlapping layers, like petals of flowers, or arranged on different levels to create a membrane around open spaces. This approach is most evident in the "great roofs" that house Endo-designed offices, such as Rooftecture N (Nisinomiya, Hyogo, 1998), or spaces for relaxation and meetings, such as Rooftecture T (Fukui, 1997), as well as private homes, such as Springtecture H (Harima, 1998) and Rooftecture M (Maruoka, 2001). Born in 1960 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, he graduated in 1986 from the Kyoto School of Art and then joined the Osamu Ishii & Biken Associates architectural studio. In 1988 he founded the Shuhei Endo Institute in Osaka and began teaching at Kinki University, Kobe Design University, and the Fukui Institute of Technology.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9" Height: 11.25" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 25, 2003
Publisher Phaidon Press
ISBN 1904313140 ISBN13 9781904313144
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Shuhei Endo: A true Japanese avant-garde architect May 28, 2005
In the introduction, Hiroyuki Suzuki regarded Endo as a true Japanese avant-garde architect unlike any others: "Endo's works are unrelated to [Western architecture]. He uses steel with a freedom that has cut its ties with all tradition." According to Suzuki, this is a breakthrough because modernism in Japan is largely founded on the tradition from western countries; and most modern Japanese architects are its followers, not inventors. But what makes Endo different? The answer lies in his own article included in the book.
The book is titled "Paramodern Architecture". What does it mean? Termed by Endo himself, paramodern architecture refers to a specific architectural structure featuring "continous surfaces or strips that form the outer shell, floors and roofing, in their continuity partly sharing and shaping the complete building they define". Endo's Springtecture H (see one of the pictures I uploaded) and Rooftecture S are good examples of this paramodern philosophy.
Like the assoication between Shigeru Ban and paper architecture, the name of Shuhei Endo is closely related to corrugated sheet steel. Actually, he used this material in most of his works. But Endo's contribution to architecture is not the material (which has been used in construction for a long long time) but how he uses it--the partial sharing idea embedded in his overarching phisolophy of paramodern architecture.
Back to the question, what makes Endo different from all other western modernism followers is the origin of his paramodern architecture. In this article, Endo explained that the partial sharing and the concept of continous surface stem from his Japanese culture. He used the calligraphy example to show the connection between cursive script and his buildings. Put differently, the core of his paramodern architecture is the unique cultural aesthetics rooted in the Japanese history. We can say that though the appearance of his works seems very modern and western, the soul is really indigenous to Japan. Interestingly, from his bio, we know that Endo was completely trained in Japan.
This great book included Endo's 32 projects which form a coherent presentation of his paramodern architecture (featuring multiple series such as springtecture, rooftecture, halftecture, skintecture etc.)
Japanese people are famous for creating their own version of western culture. But Endo is beyond this. He has been creating a western version of Japanese culture. Architects like Endo are not only experts in manipulating spaces, but great thinkers!
P.S. Interested readers can find more information on Endo's complete works and latest news on his website at www.paramodern.com