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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

LDF 2012: Revelling in the tangled web architect Akihisa Hirata weaves

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Architect Akihisa Hirata was part of the Japanese pavilion that just won the top prize at the Venice Architecture Biennale, but rather than shoot off on a champagne-fuelled celebratory speedboat tour harassing gondolas, he’s headed to London for his first international solo show.

This rising star has created an extraordinary continuous loop at The Architecture Foundation around which are exhibited sketches, models, films and even a soundscape.

His design philosophy centres on following nature’s lead to create beautiful,geometric solutions to problems and the set-up of this show mirrors his obsession with the idea that form, function and the interplay between natural and man-made are all tangled together in the architect’s mission.

He said: "The architecture of the future should be linked to the nature of living things. Architecture is the realisation of new horizons that are not only linked to the vast expanse of architectural history, but also to the history of the human race and life itself. Considering architecture as a tangle leads us closer to these new horizons and hopes.”

Tangling Runs at The Architecture Foundation until November 1.

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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

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    Akihisa Hirata: Tangling (courtesy Daniel Hewitt)

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.