Tokyo-based architect Yuusuke Karasawa – who worked at Dutch architecture firm MVRDV and Japan’s Shigeru Ban Architects before setting up his own practice in 2006 – is interested in what he terms “complicated network space” in which “walls, ceilings and floors are intricately entwined”. So when he was commissioned to design the S-House, in Japan’s Saitama area, it was a match made in… well, complex interior volumes and parallel lines. Exemplifying avant-garde architecture, the S-House is one of 2014’s most progressive works of contemporary design. Reminiscent of Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s ‘Relativity’ print and inspired by the integration of humanity and nature, the S-House is essentially a glass box with an overlapping geometric structure, and is home for Karasawa himself – a philosophical execution of his life’s work.
Aside from the S-House, Karasawa and his team have been responsible for some of Japan’s most unusual and intricately executed buildings, including Villa Kanousan and Quezon Day Center.
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