Floor 10: Arata Isozaki
This Japanese architect is recognised throughout the world for his capacity to blend eastern and western styles, and for his mastery in handling visual games and historic allusions.
Born in Oita on the island of Kyushu, he studied at Tokyo University. Here, his master was Kenzo Tange, the most important Japanese architect of his day, whose disciple he was between 1954 and 1963. He went on to set up his own study in Tokyo. His first independent projects mixed the large organic structures of state-of-the-art technology with the traditional aesthetics of Japanese constructions. In 1970 he returned to modern orthodoxy, using composition of pure forms like cubes, semi-cylindrical vaults, spheres and other geometric elements.
In his projects, Isozaki seems to immerse himself in an intuitive search for spatial meaning, turning his structures into instruments that combine reality and illusion. Isozaki has designed buildings all over the world: the Museum of Contemporary Art , Los Angeles, the Fine Arts building of Brooklyn Museum and other museums in Nice and Cairo. He was also responsible for the Palau Sant Jordi, built for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.