Architecture in Japan is a broad canvas. There is a great deal of history and a legacy of craftsmanship behind the formidable engineering and highly regarded aesthetic sensibility that drives the reputation today. An army of superlatives readily rolls out. From the oldest company in the world (Kongo Gumi, construction, est. 578), to the longest single-span bridge (Kobe to Awaji island 1970m). Japanese architects have designed for Armani and Dior and several of the world’s leading art institutions and Tange, Maki and Ando have each received the Pritzker prize.
But sometimes the details tell a little more. As happens around the world problems arise, imbalances develop and policy has to be modified. Building culture evolves.
Read more in Insight by architect Peter Boronski.© Japan Today