The Architecture of Fumihiko Maki
By Jennifer Taylor

November 17, 2003 /
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Fumihiko Maki's work is a finely tuned balance of innovative and sophisticated spaces and forms imbued with a sensibility inherited from his Japanese culture.

Maki is one of the founders of Metabolism and continues to lead in the global architectural arena today. His architectural language is defined by meticulous detailing with rational, precise yet strongly plastic forms. Of particular importance to Maki is the complimentary relationship of his designs with the context, notably the city. This book is the first comprehensive critical history of Maki's work.

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Toyota Memorial Hall (1962)
Nagoya University, Nagoya

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Iwasaki Art Museum (1979)
Ibuski, Japan

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Fujisawa Gymnasium (1984)

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Spiral (1985)

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Tepia (1989)

Jennifer Taylor places Maki's work within the context of modern architecture and the evolving circumstances and perspectives of Japan presenting a selection of buildings and projects. In addition she assesses Maki's contribution as a teacher of architecture and as a theoretician.

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Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium (1996)

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Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium (1996)

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Makuhari Messe Stage II North Hall (1997)
Tokyo Bay

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Toyama International Conference Center (1999)

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Triad (2002)
Hotaka, Nagano

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Triad conceptual sketch

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Yokohama Bayside Tower (2003)

Maki was born in 1928 in Tokyo and is regarded as a doyen of modern Japanese architecture. After completing his first degree at the University of Tokyo he studied at Harvard University and Cranbrook Academy, and worked with SOM and Sert, before going on to open his own office in Tokyo in 1965; a high point in his career was in 1993 when he was awarded the Pritzker Prize.

Jennifer Taylor is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Queensland of Technology in Australia. She has written more than 100 publications mainly on contemporary Australian and Japanese architecture.

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Publisher: Birkhäuser

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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