Atelier Bow-Wow. アトリエ • ワン

Organizer: gta Ausstellungen
Date: Thursday, 28 February 2013 to Thursday, 18 April 2013 Mo-Fr 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa 8 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Sundays and public holidays
Location: Main hall, Zentrum, ETH Zurich

Wednesday, 27 February 2013, 7 p.m.; main hall, Zentrum, ETH Zurich

Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow, founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992, is counted among the most diverse architecture firms of today. The firm boasts over 40 residential houses, public buildings and numerous installations to its name, in addition to a substantial body of urban design studies and theoretical essays.
Atelier Bow-Wow is part of a generation of architects that took the recession in early 1990s Japan as an opportunity to develop a new design practice in response to changed planning and social conditions. The firm’s first studies focused on anonymous Tokyo buildings and highlighted the ways in which they met the requirements of residents and visitors whilst also complying with infrastructure and planning regulations. As well as this Tsukamoto and Kaijima devised a particular type of residential building for Tokyo: a small-scale house that offered an ideal solution to the lack of living space in the densely populated megacity. Their most recent studies also investigate rural and traditional constructions in the context of their cultural and geographical environments.
The exhibition consists of a presentation of the architects’ work and an installation. It is accompanied by a first-time publication that unifies Atelier Bow-Wow’s architectural and theoretical work and places it critically in its context.


Atelier Bow-Wow. A Primer
Edited by Laurent Stalder, Meruro Washida, Cornelia Escher, Megumi
Komura; design by Cornel Windlin and Bruno Margreth; 31 x 21 cm, approx.
200 pages, more than 200 ill., softcover, English
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König 2013
ISBN 978-3-86335-302-5, Euro 68.00


An exhibition by the chair Laurent Stalder, ETH Zurich in collaboration with Atelier Bow-Wow and the Institute gta

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