Shin Takamatsu Architect and Associates Co.,Ltd. 株式会社高松伸建築設計事務所


I have always been obsessed with engineers. In particular, I’m obsessed with the thoughts and practices of engineers that emerged during the machine age of the Industrial Revolution, which took place from the second half of the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century. Although the quintessence of their work is precisely in their creation of mechanisms of force ¬– measuring compression and tension with twist and torque, mastering speed and acceleration while grappling with heat and friction – on the other hand it is undeniable that great attention and passion must also have been put into expressing such dynamism through the visible substance of a machine. Of course, when faced with their surviving machines, and above all the unstinting labor of their drawings, this may be well understood. Now, in designing Ark, I absolutely don’t remember using machine motifs. Architecture is endowed with a number of ways to transmit its distinctive message, and one of them is the dynamism produced by a distinctive architectural form. While testing this theme with many sketch iterations, I noticed that I was subconsciously but surely moving closer toward those old engineers. The phrase “dynamics of form” abruptly appeared at that moment, and since then it has never vanished from my drafting board. That is to say, this Ark was the trigger that led me on the way to becoming an engineer rather than an architect.

Site area
Building area
Total area
Completion Date
: Kyoto JAPAN
: 3F
: 372m2
: 153m2
: 407m2
: 1983