The countdown is on as we look forward to 11th November and the unveiling of Asia's Emergent Architect 2016.
In the upcoming month ahead, we will take a look at some of the nominees for this year.

Yoshitaka Uchino

Mr Yoshitaka Uchino

YDS Architects


"Designing architectures and creating new concepts are my life.Considering natures such as light,wind,and rain is important style when I am thinking about architectures.These concepts are from Asian architectural concept.
Inspired by many architecture,cities,villages in the world, my architectural sense are mainly from Asian esthesias and cultures. Based on my methodology,I have realized several architectures like House K,House I,Void in Forest,Forest of Grid,so I think I am qualified for SIA-GETZ ARCHITECTURE PRIZE.

One of my design concept is making spaces like plazas and streets(rojis,in Japanese)and Engawas,which is a semi outdoor spaces typically exists in Japanese old houses. By introducing engawa spaces into houses, I expressed Japanese beauty within the house. Contrary to the West, where nature is seen as an opposite force to controle and contend with, Japan and Asian have traditionally embraced nature with affection as a part of their everyday life. I intend to create spaces with Asian taste which light,wind,rain,and trees gently fold,where they interact with nature softly.I always employ this kind of spatial feeling into my works. When I design houses or housings,I pursue to create spaces where one would feel nature and stay there with joy.

As for designing housings, I always design spaces where residents would enjoy with each other. In a city people are detached from natures in our daily life,I want to make a plaza with trees where people feel nature. This concept is an architectural symbiosis refering to Asian architectures.In ‘Void in Forest’,I put a court into the housings.In ‘Forest of Grid’,I put a forest into it. Putting this court into the urban context might be so unique and distinctive, but I imagined the forest would be embraced by the people of city as well as residents.

As a relationship between architectures and cities, I always consider how to make my works harmonize with and blend in the cities.A house with clear concept may be very different from houses nearby. Designing such a house may be driving a wedge in the context of the city, but I wish these houses stand harmoniously in the city. In ‘House K’, I imagine how the void of the terrace in this white box behave as a part of the scenary.I wanted to realize a symbiosis that the white box ,though it might stand out in the given context,would be in harmony with the city. Many things I have learned from the Asian architectures,I want to continue to be an architect who designs with clear and original concepts while learning from various historical architectues. Through architectures I want to keep in touch with the society,and searching for a higher architectural ideas.Also I want to positively start out various activities with architectures.By continuing these activities,I want to contribute to the whole world."

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