Art & Design

Junya Ishigami
Architecture as Air

28 June - 16 Octobere 2011, London

Supported by the Japan Foundation, SHISEIDO Co. Ltd and Arts Council England


Internationally-acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is one of the most pioneering architects of his generation. Born in Japan in 1974, he acquired a master's degree in architecture and planning at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and went on to work with Pritzker Prize winners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa at SANAA. Architecture as Air is his very first installation in the UK. Built in response to The Curve's distinctive space, the structure comprises a single curved line of delicate four-metre columns running the entire 80-metre length of the gallery, which appear to be held in place by air and atmosphere alone.


Known for his meticulous architectural and engineering research, experimentation and precision, Ishigami first came to public attention in 2005 with Table, a work made from a sheet of pre-pressed steel which undulated at the lightest touch. The first major building he completed was KAIT - a new studio building on the campus of Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Tokyo. He also created a new store for the Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto by slicing through a 1950s single-storey brick building in New York's Meatpacking district.

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admission Free

Photo credit: Lyndon Douglas Courtesy: Barbican Art Gallery )


28 June - 16 October 2011

Barbican Art Gallery, The Curve, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS


Barbican Art Gallery