by Snell in Architecture on Monday 5 May 2008

The young architect Junya Ishigami is pushing the boundaries of the weightless aesthetic stream of architecture. Here, for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, he has designed a glass and steel pavilion with a roof that floats on a sparse forest of thin steel columns or ‘flats’. The simple single storey volume is a studio for the general activity of ‘making things’, and contains no partitions whatsoever. Instead it has a series of furniture and plants scattered amongst the thin white columns. The lightness of this building is paramount and must engender such a feeling in all its users.