About the Exhibition
TOTO GALLERY·MA is pleased to present Akihisa HIRATA: Discovering New, a solo exhibition of architect Akihisa Hirata. This exhibition illuminates how Hirata has been attempting to grasp new possibilities by rediscovering architecture as a vital activity in a broad sense of the term.

Hirata, who considers architecture to be “a part of our generative vital activities”, has been exploring how to create an essential architecture by harnessing the laws of nature that govern the organic activities of plants, animals, and meteorological phenomena. His concept that “architecture is the creation of karamarishiro [a thing or place to tangle onto]” gives rise to the possibility of buildings serving as more than independent entities and becoming part of the greater living world.

Hirata brought this idea to fruition in the form of a public building with the Art Museum & Library, Ota (2017). Featuring rich communal spaces in which inside and outside organically intertwine, the city’s new landmark that was designed with local participation provides a setting where diverse activities can take place. The Tree-ness House (2017, house and gallery), completed in the same year, is composed of complexly stacked boxes intertwined with pleated openings and vegetation, which combined form a multilayered urban habitat.

Akihisa HIRATA: Discovering New marks how far Hirata has come with his architectural activities. It offers visitors the opportunity to gain an understanding of his architectural philosophy and creative world through an experiential presentation that lays out his past and ongoing work from the past decade systematically by concept.

Image from the Exhibit
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Images for Media Use
Taipei Complex (Taipei, Taiwan, ongoing)
©Yukikazu Ito
Tree-ness House (Tokyo, 2017)
©Vincent Hecht
Art Museum & Library, Ota (Gunma, 2017)
©Daichi Ano
Taipei Roofs (Taipei, Taiwan, 2017)
©akihisa hirata architecture office
Exhibition Information
Akihisa HIRATA: Discovering New
Thursday, May 24 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
TOTO Nogizaka Bldg. 3F, 1-24-3 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
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1-min. walk from Nogizaka Sta. (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line) Exit 3
6-min. walk from Roppongi Sta. (Toei Subway Oedo Line) Exit 8
7-min. walk from Roppongi Sta. (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) Exit 4a
7-min. walk from Aoyama-itchome Sta. (Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hanzomon Lines or Toei Subway Oedo Line) Exit 4
Organized by
Planned by
TOTO GALLERY·MA Planning and Management Committee
Special Advisor: Tadao Ando
Members: Kazuyo Sejima, Manabu Chiba, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Erwin Viray
Supported by
Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers; Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms; The Japan Institute of Architects Kanto-Koshinetsu Chapter; Architectural Institute of Japan Kanto Chapter
Related Program 1
Thursday, May 31, 2018 Doors open at 17:30, starts at 18:30, scheduled to end at 20:30
Venue:Iino Hall (Iino Bldg. 4F, 2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Related Books
Author: Akihisa Hirata