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ARATA ISOZAKI

-Lucila, Rex Noah V., 3AR-3

Biography:-

Arata Isozaki is a Japanese Architect from Japan. He was born in Oita City Japan in
1931. He, along with Sachio Otani, Kisho Kurokawa, Hajime Yatsuka and Fumihiko
Maki, worked under Kenzo Tange over many years. Initially, he just studied with his
mentor in the University of Tokyo from 1950 until graduating in 1954. Isozaki worked for
and with Tange as a graduate from the university, and later in the older mans firm gtom
1954 to 1963. After 1963, he set up his own firm, however he still stayed connected with
his master as he occasionally designed for Tange into the 1970s. This behavior and
attitude was rooted in native Japanese practices that stress on collaboration and
cooperation, rather than competition, among professionals. In 2005, Arata Isozaki
founded the Italian branch of his office: Arata Isozaki & Andrea Maffei Associates.
Isozaki was given many awards and honors from both his homeland and abroad for his
contribution to the culture of Japan, of international architecture, etc. Isozaki's popularity
and prestige as an architect is reflected in the commissions he took throughout the U.S.
and Europe. He was a part of a cadre of exclusive architects enlisted by Disney to
design buildings throughout the U.S. He is considered one of world's most illustrious
architects

Style:-

Under the tutelage of Tange, Isozaki adopted and reinforced the Metabolist style of
architecture. However, Isozaki was unique as his beginning projects were influenced by
his Euroean experiences, thus creating a mix between New Brutalism and Metabolist
Architecture (according to Reyner Banham). He eventually developed into a more
eleptic style as seen in Fujimi Country Club (1973-74) and Kitakyushu Central Library
(1973-74). Isozaki later adopted the modernistic style with his works such as the Art
Tower of Mito (1986-90), Domus-Casa del Hombre (1991-95) and plenty more.

Books:-

The Island Nation Aesthetic (1996)


Japan-ness in Architecture (2006) This is his most famous work. Isozaki's
writings offer a special challenge to the Western concept of architecture:
"Architectural discourse demands that we view buildings as events and not
simply as inert objects. In a sense this might be equivalent to grasping the
buildings as textual spaces. By not only considering the objectness of buildings
but also discussing the texts written about them, thus shifting the stance to the
metalevel, I believe we can reconstruct the problematic that each building
originally internalized."
Katsura Villa (1983)
The Contemporary Tea House: Japan's Top Architects Redefine a Tradition
(2007)

Awards:-

Annual Prize, Architectural Institute of Japan in 1974


Mainichi Art Award in 1983
RIBA Gold Medal in 1986
International Award Architecture in Stone in 1987
Chicago Architecture Award in 1990
Honor Award, the American Institute of Architects in 1992
RIBA Honorary Fellow in 1994

Trivia:-

Arata Isozaki was instantly recognizable by his distinctive style of dress. He often wore
traditional Japanese clothing, and he favored the color black. He appeared on the cover
of the New York Times Magazine in 1986, dressed in a "dazzingly" fashionable Issey
Miyake creation. By presenting himself as being sartorially distinct from the crowd,
Isozaki provided a contemporary parallel to the flamboyant Frank Lloyd Wright, the
famous American architect (and admirer of Japanese culture) who continued to affect
Victorian dress long after it passed out of style.

Notable Works:-

Art Tower of Mito It is an arts complex in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan. It opened in 1990
as part of the centennial celebrations of the municipality of Mito. There is a
concert hall that seats 680, a theater for up to 636, a contemporary art gallery,
and a landmark tower.
Team Disney Orlando (1987-1991), Florida, USA - Team Disney Orlando in Lake
Buena Vista, Florida, is the administrative headquarters of the Walt Disney World
Resort. (There are at least four buildings in the United States and two elsewhere
which carry the Team Disney title. Each serves as the administrative
headquarters for key components of The Walt Disney Company)
Palau Sant Jordi (1990) Barcelona, Spain Indoor Sporting Arena and multi-
purpose installation (concerts, cultural activities, etc) that is part of the Olypic
Ring complex located in Barcelona, Spain. Used for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

References:-

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Arata_Isozaki.aspxt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arata_Isozaki
http://www.traditional-building.com/Previous-Issues-07/AprilBR07Japanness.htm

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