The Foundation Archi Depot (Organization for the preservation of the culture of architecture) was established in 2015 by companies Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center to preserve architectural models and drawings of Japanese culture. The main purpose of the foundation is to preserve and show to the public the architectural models that, even today, play an important role in spreading the thought of architects.
In architecture offices, models made by hand are valuable processing tools of thought, becoming the defined and personal testimony of the compositional process of each designer. The Archi Depot Foundation will create a museum, a common ideal for protecting and managing the architectural models made by Japanese designers. The association also aims to organize activities – through the exhibition of these models – to stimulate the understanding of the relationship between architecture and the urban or natural condition, and the value of architecture in local communities.
The exhibition of Archi Depot at the Milan Triennale constitutes the first step in this direction. The project exhibition – curated by Setsu & Shinobu ITO ITO Design Studio – fully reflects the principles and characteristics of the museum archive that Archi Depot will be opening soon in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Through models of a wide variety of Japanese architects, including Kengo Kuma, Arata Isozaki, Tetsuo Furuichi, Shigeru Ban, Koh Kitayama, or Riken Yamamoto and focusing attention on the exhibition of the works of the younger generation, Archi Depot Tokyo explores the visions of the architects and the magic of architecture, aiming to convey the value of memory and architectural culture.
The exhibition at the Triennale in Milan, 10 to 19 July 2015, is part of the initiatives promoted by the Japan Day, the official day of Japan Expo 2015, scheduled on July 11, with the presence of the Japanese authorities in Milan.
Hitoshi ABE, Shigeru Ban, Manabu Chiba, Masaki Endoh, Teppei FUJIWARA, Tetsuo Furuichi, Masahiro HARADA + Mao HARADA, Akihisa HIRATA, Kotaro IDE, Kumiko INUI, Arata ISOZAKI, Setsu ITO + Shinobu ITO, Atsushi Kitagawara, Koh Kitayama, Kazuhiro KOJIMA + Kazuko Akamatsu, Eijiro Kosugi + Aya UTSUMIE, Kazumi Kudo + Hiroshi HORIBA, Kengo KUMA, Norisada MAEDA, Takenori MIURA, Hiroshi NAITO, Toshiharu NAKA, Ryuji NAKAMURA, Akio Nakasa, Manabu NAYA NAYA + Arata, Osamu NISHIDA + Erika NAKAGAWA, Satoshi OKADA, Kijo ROKKAKU, Mitsuhiko SATO, Eizo Shiina, Ryoji SUZUKI, Mikio TAI, Ippei TAKAHASHI, Makoto TAKEI, Takaharu + Yui TEZUKA TEZUKA, Hiroyuki UNEMORI, Tomoyuki UTSUMI, Makoto Sei WATANABE, Makoto Shin WATANABE Yoko + KINOSHITA, Riken Yamamoto, Ken YOKOGAWA
Archi Depot Foundation
Directors: Riken Yamamoto, Shigeru Ban, Tetsuo Furuichi, Koh Kitayama, Riichi Miyake
Councillors: Kengo Kuma, Fumihiko Maki, Yoshihisa Nakano, Akira Tatehata
From 10 July to July 19, 2015 – hours 10:30 to 23:00
Triennale di Milano (Impluvium Hall, first floor), Viale Alemagna 6, 20121 – Milan
Presentation of the exhibition:
Saturday, July 11 h. 19:00 – Sala Impluvium
Speakers: Riken Yamamoto – Architect, President of the Board of directors of the Foundation Archi-Depot
Shigeru Ban – Architect, Director of the Foundation Archi-Depot
The exhibition is organized by the Foundation Depot Archi Archi Depot.
Co-organizers: Tokyo Design Center, Warehouse Terrada
With the support of: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Consulate General of Japan in Milan, Japan Foundation, Japan Institute of Architects (JIA), Politecnico di Milano
Creative Direction: Setsu & Shinobu ITO – ITO Design studio
Supporters: Laminam, Hermann Miller
Media partners: Domus
News source: Archi Depot Foundation