Canadian Architect


Akinori Yoshimura: From the Material to the Town

October 31, 2016
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University


Chmiel Architects

are pleased to present


Akinori Yoshimura

D.I.G. Architects

Nagoya, Japan


“From the Material to the Town”


Akinori Yoshimura and Maki Yoshimura established D.I.G. Architects in Nagoya, Japan, in 2005.  D.I.G. begins each project by finding subtle characteristic elements from the site or urban context.  As the partners explain, “The initial trigger doesn’t have to be something big.  The most exciting part of the design, we think, exists in the moment that the subtle uniqueness turns into drastic form of the space.”  An emphasis on exploring folded geometries or faceted planes has resulted in radical statements on domestic architecture including the award-winning K House and M House.  D.I.G. increasingly builds larger commercial and housing projects including Sunlight of Calm (2014), Blues Design Office (2014), and Model Factory F (2010).  The office has received the Cityscape Award of Aichi in 2010, 2012, and 2014.  In 2014, D.I.G. was a competition finalist for a new cultural exchange institution in Ota train station in Gunma, Japan.  At every scale, D.I.G. seeks to discover “accidental spaces” accentuating people’s experiences inside the places they live and work.


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