Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea. Yoshio Taniguchi
Yoshio is perhaps one of the best connections back to the great master Mies Van der Rohe and has continued the modernist approach of combining centrifugal and centripetal forms, space, and mass. Because of the non-self referential nature of his work, he has escaped the architectural spotlight that tends to focus on high technology, and flashy forms.
The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, Tokyo by Yoshio Taniguchi.
Hiroko has visit a number of his projects but so far I have had the opportunity to visit only one of his projects, The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. I was immediately taken aback by the quality of craftsmanship, material, space, and configuration of the place. Most notable was the quality of Taniguchi's design details, and the control and use of light. I didn't see a screw head, or calking joint in the entire building (amazing detailing), and it may be the first project that I have experienced where the path through the building gradually acclimatized the visitor for the low light of the main exhibit. This attention to detail and the visitor's experience is what separates Taniguchi's work from his contemporaries in my opinion.
Gilt-Bronze Statue, The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, Tokyo