About the Exhibition
TOTO GALLERY·MA will be holding a solo exhibition by architect Ryuji Fujimura titled Ryuji Fujimura: The Form of Knowledge—The Prototype of Architectural Thinking and its Application from Tuesday, July 31 to Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Ryuji Fujimura has been developing his work using an original design method that he calls the “super linear design process”, where he reflects the various project requirements in initially simple forms one by one through comparing and studying a large number of building models. In addition to conducting critical and educational activities, he has recently also been working with citizens in exploring ways to realize a more open approach to architecture in line with current times.

At the core of Fujimura’s multifaceted work lies an unwavering commitment to respond to the problems of society through finding optimal solutions informed by a collective form of knowledge shaped by as much information and as many opinions as possible.

One project in which he realized this approach is the OM TERRACE, a small public facility on the east side of Omiya Station that he brought to completion in 2017 after holding six public meetings. The rooftop terrace that appears to draw in the street is anticipated to allure to youths, be used for a wide variety of events, and contribute to invigorating the neighborhood.

This exhibition will present Fujimura’s ideas and work through focusing on the form-making processes underlying his projects. Featured will be more than 300 models that were made towards developing projects such as the OM TERRACE, chairs designed by having AI (artificial intelligence) study thousands of images, and time-lapse recordings of the construction work.

The open process that Fujimura calls “the form of knowledge” is sure to give one a feel for the architecture of tomorrow.

Image from the Exhibit
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Images for Media Use
Subaru Nursery School (Fukuoka, 2018)
©Takumi Ota

A continuous concrete form shaped to bring out the potential for learning in the nursery. The freeform lines of the roof that were determined by structural optimization resonate with the surrounding hills.
OM TERRACE (Saitama, 2017)
©Takumi Ota

A small public facility planned in an urban redevelopment zone in front of Omiya Station. The open rooftop terrace was realized as the result of six public meetings. The architect continues to be involved in the facility’s operation.
Aichi Project (Aichi Triennale 2013, Aichi, 2013)
©Yoshihiro Kikuyama

A hypothetical project to design a governmental building. A design studio was set up in Nagoya, where schemes were evolved over the course of two months based on how many votes they received every day.
The Deep Learning Chair

An experiment to generate a chair design by processing images found online with deep learning.
Exhibition Information
Ryuji Fujimura:The Form of Knowledge
――The Prototype of Architectural Thinking and Its Application
Tuesday, July 31 – Sunday, September 30, 2018
Mondays and Summer Break (August 11 – 15)
TOTO Nogizaka Bldg. 3F, 1-24-3 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
TEL = 03-3402-1010 URL =
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, August 9, 2018, starts at 18:30, 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)
Author: Ryuji Fujimura