In the context of the 2017 exhibition “The Architecture of Sou Fujimoto” in Vietnam, Handhome, as the event organizer, did an interview with architect Fujimoto to know more about his work and perspectives.
Handhome: Do you think that your architectural style could be the new look of future cities?
Sou Fujimoto: Historically, I think it is like various people stacking up their works, just like stacking up small stones.
My thoughts and suggestions on architecture will also become such pebbles and be the foundation of the future.
And when my architectural thinking is very fundamental and has the freedom to open up the future at the same time, I believe it will be influential.
Besides your background and academic reasons, is there any motivation that drives you to develop the current architectural style and the reoccurring elements in your buildings?
In addition to the fact that I have spent my childhood in nature, the pure curiosity of “what would the architecture of the 21st century be” is constantly driving my architecture.
The basis of my architecture is the intuition that ecological thoughts, sustainable thoughts, and the emergence of computers and the Internet will definitely explore the new relationship between nature and architecture.
What do you want to convey through your projects?
The enjoyment and freedom of architecture, and hope for the future.
We think each architect is an unique individual, just like their projects, each with their own style and purpose. So what is your personal objective in the social construction of the 21st century?
I hope to be able to create places where people can live more freely and diversely.
What do you think about the influence of the upcoming event as well as exhibitions with the same scale, or even larger on Vietnamese architecture scene?
I hope the people in Vietnam will feel the enjoyment and freedom of architecture. That will become a hope for making the future.
Had you decided not to become an architect, what would you be doing now?
In the old days I wanted to be a physicist and create a new theory to understand the world. But now, I cannot imagine myself other than being an architect.
How did Albert Einstein strongly inspire you? Which of his ideas that you’re interested in most?
Before I started studying architecture, I was interested in physics. I thought that it is wonderful that the world can look different with new ideas and new ways of thinking.
Especially, I was influenced by Einstein’s theories on space and time. The idea that space and time are not separate things, and the fluctuation of space creates a relationship between an object and another is the basis of my architectural thinking. I have also learned the importance of having cravings for something new and hopes for the better world.
What are you looking forward to seeing at your own exhibition space in Vietnam?
I am looking forward to seeing lots of models that the students have spent their time building.
Also, I hope that the essence or nature of Fujimoto architecture that I have not yet noticed will emerge, as models gather in one place this time.
Could you give some career advice to young architects?
And just enjoy.
Thank you for your time!