“Blurring Boundaries, Capturing Views.”
My research is focuses on the understanding and application of traditional design principles for the improvement of contemporary space. The research includes the documentation of hundreds of traditional building in different parts of Japan, ranging from temples, shrines, tea rooms and pavilions. Japanese architecture is made to adapt to changing conditions and to enhance the beauty of the surrounding environment by capturing exterior views and framing them as paintings. The roof eaves, wooden posts, and veranda give a frame to the outside. The final scene becomes a living painting, changing at every moment. At the same time the placement of windows and the use of shoji doors control the amount of light entering the main room. This results in the creation of a space full of mystery, a mix of light and shadow, a space without distractions where one can enjoy the passing of time.