Japan’s best architecture firms

Japan’s best architecture firms

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

From two-story high buildings to a condominium with more than 20 floors, we have come a long way as time goes on. For architecture firms, it is difficult to create a unique house design to stand out among your competitors while accommodating the rapid increasing population. Despite the rapid increase of high rise building, you can’t help but to admit how each building has their own unique designs. Architecture firms help to create some of the most creative and iconic buildings that we know today like the Burj Khalifa and Shanghai Tower. However, there are some at a smaller scale that is more grand than our tall skyscrapers that even the architecture firms in Malaysia cannot compare.

Kengo Kuma and Associates is one of the most well-known Japanese architecture firms that specializes in building structures made purely out of wood. The goal of the association is to create structures to recreate Japan’s traditional building methods and has worked on major projects around the world. One of his most well-known works is the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum which is built on top of a wooden pillar with multiple wood planks stacking on top of each other. The bridge aims to not only literally bridge the gap between two public buildings, but to also go against the norm of modern day construction. With some of his other popular projects such as The Red Sea, Botanical Pavilion and The Exchange, Kengo Kuma and Associates will be remembered for many years to come.

Another architecture firm from Japan is Tadao Ando Architect and Associates. Formerly one of the most renowned boxers in Japan, Tadao Ando was inspired by the buildings he saw during his trip to Europe. This inspired him to drop his boxing gloves and apply for a license to be an architect. Despite being self-taught, he quickly garnered plenty of attention and became one of the top architects in Japan and established his own architecture firm. One of his most well-known projects is the Hill of Buddha from the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan. He designed a mound planted with lavenders surrounding the statue and has become one of Sapporo’s famous landmarks. Additionally, he was famous for building structures around existing older structures as wants to preserve their history while making it stand out with modern architecture. 

With the rapid increase of human population, architecture firms are constantly creating new designs to give a more luxurious atmosphere to their clients while accommodating the large population. With the new trend of condominiums built on top of a shopping lot or mall, these new buildings would help residents to have access to more outlets that would be otherwise far from their homes especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Although different countries have their own unique culture on designing buildings, we should appreciate the hard effort that these architecture firms have put out to ensure that we will receive the best living environment and give us some of our most memorable landmarks in Malaysia.

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