Future 50: Hiroshi Sambuichi 01.08.13

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"My approach is very local, but I think that this is the appropriate approach even if one pursues answers to global concerns," says Hiroshima-based Sambuichi. The architect has garnered a reputation for painstaking investigations into site and context before beginning the design process on each of his projects. His observatory atop Mount Rokko in Kobe, Japan is comprised of hexagonal frames made from hinoki wood, creating a strange Bucky-dome that regulates its temperature using natural phenomena. His art project in Inujima, a project on which he continues to work, is redeveloping the ruins of a refinery and using the existing structures to provide natural ventilation. "I pursue an architecture that breathes like an indigenous plant by mapping out all moving materials by various methods, mostly on site observations and experiments but also research of local history and culture and even by computational simulation," says Sambuichi.

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