The architect team in charge of the space configuration
venues of YOKOHAMA 2005.
Established in 1988, and run jointly
by Akiko Takahashi (born in Shizuoka in 1958) and Hiroshi
Takahashi (born in Tokyo in 1953).
Based in the Bashamichi area of Yokohama, WORKSTATION's first
project was the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum in Kochi.
Major works include the Nakamachidai Community Center
in Yokohama, the Takahashi Wing of the Gifu Kitagata
Apartment, the Sakawa Sakuraza Town Hall, and the
Playground & Rest House in Nogeyama Zoo. The design
of collective housing and community architecture comprises
a large proportion of WORKSTATION's current work.
Atelier Bow-wow (Japan)
Established in 1992, and directed jointly by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
(born in Kanagawa in 1965) and Momoyo Kaijima (born in Tokyo,
Japan in 1969).
Major works include Mini House (recipient of Yoshioka
Prize and Gold Prize for House Architecture from the Tokyo
Society of Architects and Building Engineers), Gae House,
Manga Pod (Gwangju Biennale, 2002), and Furnicycle
(Shanghai Biennale, 2003). Atelier Bow-wow is also active
in urban research projects such as Made in Tokyo and
the Pet Architecture Guidebook.
Established in 1995. Members are Kiwako Kamo (born in Fukuoka
in 1962), Masashi Sogabe (born in Fukuoka in 1962), Masayoshi
Takeuchi (born in Kanagawa in 1962), and Manuel Tardits (born
in Paris, France in 1959).
MIKAN was originally established for collaboration on the
design of the NHK Nagano Broadcasting Station. Since
then, its work has been predominantly on the architecture
of projects such as individual homes, nursery schools, group
homes and live-music clubs, but it also involved in the broader
sphere of design, including furniture and product design.
MIKAN handled the design of the TOYOTA GROUP PAVILION
and of the French Pavilion Common House at Expo 2005
in Aichi. Current projects include the Ina-Higashi Elementary
School in Nagano.
Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)
Established in 2000 by Sou Fujimoto (born in Hokkaido in
Began his architectural career in Tokyo after graduating
from the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering
at the University of Tokyo. Fujimoto worked on a wide range
of projects such as houses and medical facilities. He gained
an interest in a new approach to architecture positioned somewhere
between the man-made and the natural. Ranked second in the
Aomori Art Gallery Design Competition in 2000, he went on
to win the International Competition for the Annaka Environmental
Art Forum in 2003, and is the recipient of many prizes, including
the JIA's 'Best Young Architects' Award for 2004.