If you’re a huge fan of modern architecture due to its innovative and futuristic qualities, it’s time you’ve learned Sou Fujimoto’s name. The Japanese architect is breaking boundaries with each new building he designs, and they all look straight out of a science fiction movie.
Fujimoto studied architecture at the University of Tokyo, before establishing his own firm with offices in Tokyo and Paris. Over the past two decades, he established himself as one of Japan’s leading modern architects and worked everywhere from his hometown to Paris and London.
Fujimoto’s buildings are best known for their white walls, unique way of interacting with the nature that surrounds them, and transparent elements that allow him to play with light. He often draws inspiration from forests and caves. He believes they allow for the “ambiguous interpretation of space and form” and allow him to explore what he calls the “primitive future”.
One of Fujimoto’s most famous works is the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, known for the involvement of many of the world’s leading architects. He was also in charge of designing many notable modern structures in his home country, including Final Wooden House in Kumamoto and House Before House in Utsunomiya.