Tuesday, July 6, 2010

terunobu fujimori

Terunobu Fujimori's style is a complete joy to look at and seems like it would be fun to inhabit. From what I can gather, he sounds as joyful and fun as his work; sketching constantly, asking friends to help put together his buildings (unpaid, lest it be considered labor), opting to collaborate with grad students rather than form a firm, and going with more primitive techniques and materials, even (or especially) when others act a bit sniffy about it. One of my favorite things about him is his use of charred cedar siding, which is as practical as it is striking; the charcoal repels pests and nasty weather for upwards of 80 years. Above, see as he sandwiches paper between two cedar boards, lets the flames go for 7 minutes, then finishes them off with a splash of water.

Yakisugi house photos from Dezeen. Coal House and process photos from Dwell.

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