these pictures are from the facebook page (the nishizawa and sejima (SANAA) section.)
hello sandwich also featured pictures and really comprehensive links to
and here is a make it easy post on moriyama house.
i recently received my copy of SANAA Houses from amazon.
i really, really like SANAA's houses.
and i am totally enthralled with the book. the houses and pictures are of course incredible.
but the essays at the back are also highly informative and engaging, i found them really...exciting.
i highly recommend this book to anyone interested in modern japanese
architecture and design, and the influence of deeply japanese concepts
ma (space, emptiness, interval, the experience of interdependence of space and time).
concept of ma including his poem The Uses of Not :
- Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
- but the empty space between them
- is the essence of the wheel.
- Pots are formed from clay,
- but the empty space between it
- is the essence of the pot.
- Walls with windows and doors form the house,
- but the empty space within it
- is the essence of the house.
see this series of four films on the subject of ma by video artist takahiko iimura.
one of which uses the zen garden of ryoanji to interpret ma.
ma is also a important in the sparse rhythym of traditional japanese music. this wikipedia entry summarises it well.
(and as a nice little segue there, i have added a music player to the sidebar,
minimum chips 'cold afternoon' from the album sound asleep. beautiful music...)