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About the Exhibition
TOTO GALLERY・MA is pleased to present the first Japanese solo exhibition of Ensamble Studio, which has been continuing to explore the possibilities of architecture out of Spain and America through employing an Earth-scale perspective, powerful forms that resonate with nature, and unique modes of construction.

Ensamble Studio was founded in 2000 in Madrid, Spain, as a cross-functional team led by Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Valuing the importance of thinking and experimenting with their own hands, the architects go beyond merely designing buildings to devise their own specialized construction methods for realizing novel works of architecture that elude comparison.

In recent years, the studio’s activities have been growing ever more dynamic, and it has also been undertaking projects of enormous scale. In 2016, it unveiled a series of open-air sculptural works titled “Structures of Landscape” at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA. The structures dotting the vast 48-square-kilometer site were literally created using the land as formwork, and though mistakable as prehistoric ruins, they are feats of modern technology made possible through complex structural design and construction processes involving careful mock-up analysis and precise computer modeling.

Ensamble Studio’s terrestrial-scale approach to architecture is what informed the exhibition’s theme, “Architecture of The Earth”. The exhibition spotlights projects that were born out of the architects’ exploration of the relationship between the Earth and architecture and introduces their original research, design, and construction processes through a selection of models and videos.
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Images from the Exhibition
Ensamble Studio: Architecture of The Earth
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
3F Laboratory of Ideas and Garden (RESEARCH & DESIGN)
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Structures of Landscape, Inverted Portal
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Concept Models, 2019 – 2021 Structures of Landscape
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Courtyard Towers of Landscape
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
4F Audiovisual Landscapes (CONSTRUCTION) movie
©Nacása & Partners Inc.
Images for Media Use
Petrified River Research (2017-)
©Ensamble Studio
SGAE Headquarters (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2007)
©Iwan Baan
The Truffle (Costa da Morte, Spain, 2010)
©Iwan Baan
Structures of Landscape, Inverted Portal
(for Tippet Rise Art Center, Montana, USA, 2016)
©Iwan Baan
Exhibition Information
Title
Ensamble Studio: Architecture of The Earth
Dates
Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, September 26, 2021
Hours
11:00–18:00
Closed
Mondays, July 22 - 23, September 23, and Summer Break [August 9 – 16]
Admission
Free、advance reservation required*
*As part of our measures to reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, we are requiring all visitors to make a reservation in advance of visiting the exhibition and Bookshop TOTO.
Venue
TOTO GALLERY·MA
(3F, TOTO Nogizaka Bldg., 1-24-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan 107-0062)
1-minute walk from Exit 3 of Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
TEL: 03-3402-1010 URL= https://jp.toto.com/gallerma/index_e.htm
Organization
TOTO GALLERY·MA
Planning
TOTO GALLERY·MA Planning and Management Committee
Special Advisor: Tadao Ando
Members: Manabu Chiba, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto,Seng Kuan,Tsuyoshi Tane
Special Support
Embajada de España
Support
Tokyo Society of Architects & Building Engineers; Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms; Japan Institute of Architects Kanto-Koshinetsu Chapter; Architectural Institute of Japan Kanto Chapter
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