Nikken Sekkei: Building Future Japan, 1900-2000

By: Botand Bognar; Kenneth Frampton

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As the oldest and largest design firm in Japan, Nikken Sekkei employs over two thousand people and boasts of over fourteen thousand completed projects in forty countries. This volume examines their finest displays of architectural refinement, elegance, and bravura from 1990 to the present. Botond Bognar, Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, provide an authoritative and thorough history of the firm's achievements since the beginning of the century, focusing on such important recent works as the Islamic Development Bank Headquarters, Jeddah; the IBM Japan Head Office, Tokyo; and the Education and Cultural Center "Cairo Opera House."
Although famous for their innovative approach to materials and new technologies as applied to the designs of magnificent large-scale buildings and monumental complexes like the high-tech Osaka World Trade Center Building "Cosmo Tower" in Osaka and Queen's Square in Yokohama (nearly the scale of a small city), Nikken Sekkei's brilliantly executed miniature conceptions, like the artfully conceived Sakuradamon Police Box in Tokyo, display a similar level of artistic control and finish as well. Whether reclaiming land from the sea, as in the Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building and the Asia and Pacific Import Mart (AIM); merging buildings with the surrounding environment, the Museum of Ehime History and Culture in Uwa; or constructing them underground, the subterranean Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium, whose site is located under the expansive greenery of YawatayaPark, the superbly crafted architectural solutions of Nikken Sekkei are both feats of creative engineering and thoughtfully conceived monuments, based on a long-standing aesthetic judgment both firmly rooted in the past and present and moving beyond them.

Title: Nikken Sekkei: Building Future Japan, 1900-2000

Author: Botand Bognar; Kenneth Frampton

Categories: Architecture,

Publisher: Rizzoli: 2000

ISBN Number: 084782246X

ISBN Number 13: 9780847822461

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Architecture

Seller ID: 144591

Description: Book is in excellent condition in black cloth with embossed lettering at cover and spine. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. Dust jacket shows the slightest signs of shelf wear only, no tears. 352 pages with color photos and mechanical drawings throughout. Text is in Japanese and English. Sectons on Structural engineering, construtional technology, intelligent buildings, miniature cities, green buildingsm, poetic space, tale-of-gengi museum , konami nasu corporate seminar house, Keyence Corporation head office and laboratory building, Museum of Ehime History and culture

Keywords: Structural engineering, construtional technology, intelligent buildings, miniature cities, green buildingsm, poetic space, tale-of-gengi museum , konami nasu corporate seminar house, Keyence Corporation head office and laboratory building, Museum of Ehime History and Culture,