Endo Shuhei’s first solo exhibition at the UK Paramodern Architecture 25/25 is starting this week at the TOTO Gallery in Clerkenwell.
The touring exhibition showcases 25 architectural models from a selection of Endo’s work and at the same time marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Endo Shuhei Architect Institute. So far, the exhibition has been shown in Stuttgart, Milan and Paris and is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2015.
Endo’s works often incorporate the use of rough materials, such as industrial corrugated steel, which would be deftly bent, rolled and folded, corroborating the bold style that his buildings have come to be known for.
His working methods are mirrored in the names of his projects; all of them have the suffix ‘–tecture,’ as in Bubbletecture, Halftecture, Rooftecture, etc., which again display his rigorous approach to design.
Having lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1997, Endo is aware that modern buildings in Japan must be planned carefully, be robust and serve to protect people from natural disasters rather than become further cause for casualties. The ascetic appearance of his work is derived from his belief that social responsibility is implicit in architecture.