The Icon 20/20 Architects: Suppose 01.05.09

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House in Otake, 2008

Hiroshima-based Makoto Tanijiri is the new young turk of Japanese architecture. An exact contemporary of Junya Ishigami, he has yet to gain the same international recognition, but that is changing. Tanijiri is, in any case, a less rarefied creature. He's a latter-day Ando in that he emerged out of nowhere, without the conventional education and the apprenticeship at a high-profile practice. Instead, Tanijiri went to a technical college and picked up the rest of his qualifications at a design-and-build firm. In 2000, at the age of 26, he set up his own practice, Suppose, and has been improbably prolific since: the practice has completed more than 40 private houses, not to mention a slew of shops and restaurants. Granted, Suppose operates within the bounds of Japanese restraint, but its output is diverse, revealing the influences of Ando on one side and the more roguish Terunobu Fujimori on the other. The house in Otake, with its razor-sharp roof, is an impressive piece of expressive minimalism, which sounds like a contradiction in terms. His "sharp cone" house, though less self-consciously stylish, is also brilliantly bold and economical. The combination of Tanijiri's experimentation and his sheer work rate is going to take this 34-year-old far.



Adam Laycock



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