Architecture and Nature in Japan: Nishizawa, Kuma e Fujimoto


  • Salvator-John Liotta Universitè Libre de Bruxelles



japanese architecture, structure and nature of space, contemporary architecture


This paper defines the sense of nature for Japanese culture according to the interpretation of the philosopher Testuro Watsuji, provides an overview of the devices of traditional Japanese spatiality and shows through a critical analysis of various projects by Ryue Nishiwaza, Kengo Kuma and Suo Fujimoto as Japanese contemporary architecture has renewed its bond with nature. The results show a real interest in integrating nature into architectural design reflection and several strategies to do so.


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Author Biography

Salvator-John Liotta, Universitè Libre de Bruxelles

Professor of Design and correspondent of Domus magazine since 2009. He received his master's degree in Inarch of Rome and his PhD in Japan (2009) where he carried out research at the University of Tokyo with Kengo Kuma; he was a Researcher at the CNRS in Paris (2013-2015). Invited to the Venice Architecture Biennials (2014 and 2016), he won the IN/Arch-ANCE (2014) award and received the mention of the Young Talents Award for Italian Architecture (2013) and the honorable mention (2014 and 2015).


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La House N di Sou Fujimoto




How to Cite

Liotta, S.-J. (2017) “Architecture and Nature in Japan: Nishizawa, Kuma e Fujimoto ”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 2(online), pp. 165–172. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/2222017.



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