Alsop Architects founded by William Allen Alsop - also known as British architecture's enfant terrible - is a London based architecture firm dedicated to modernist ideals and a high degree of user engagement.
Situated at the exit of Osaka’s main train station in an area teeming with tall glass buildings, Fukoku Tower designed by French superstar architect Dominique Perrault for a Japanese insurance firm might seem inconspicuous at first. Just one out of many. When approaching from street level, however, you will see it slowly dissolving into fragments smaller and smaller still, like a giant tree taking its roots.
The new issue of TASCHENS’s monograph on Japanese architect Tadao Ando is an impressive voyage through the world of one of the most popular architects of our time. In a volume as heavy as the concrete slabs used in Ando’s buildings, the book cements the self-taught architect as one of the world’s most influential builders.
Kengo Kuma & Associates work with elements of Japanese tradition to create human friendly architecture for the 21st century. Kengo Kuma is a productive writer on the topic, feeding the debate on how to shape our buildings and cities.
The weekend is finally here and with it comes this edition of Touring the World of Architecture; presenting some of the best snippets from this week’s architectural news. We have a tenth anniversary, a big inflatable balloon, an encyclopedia worth picking up, videos from Berlin and a foray into the world of architecture from no other than Kanye West! Good reading and have a great weekend…