Koizumi Showroom, by P.Eisenman, 1990

One more time I was surprised to find a building design by such a foreigner in many sense, here in Tokyo.


Koizumi is a Japanese brand, now mainly known for lighting fixtures and the building could be its main office in Tokyo. There is a showroom at the ground and basement level. Unfortunately it was closed that day, probably a monday.

The building looked like it was freshly repainted.

Eisenmann is a strong Architectural theorician, the deconstructivist pioneer in USA, and notably one of the most known (Here the website page dedicated to this work) .

I stumbled upon Eisenman notably in two different ways, and surely not walking by those whereabouts. One was by studying the MOOC class, of Harward University on edx.org, still open, and free. It is worth noticing that the Harward architectural class is very close to philosophy more than they would admit.

The second time happened while I was reading a book written by an Italian researcher, Arturo Tedeschi, called Algorithm Aided Design, dedicated to Grasshopper. as pag 17, it shows an Eisenman diagram from House IV, Falls Village, Connecticut (1971).

The question is open, did Eisenman leave any traces in Tokyo but this building? Its diagrammatic style is nowadays presented in many architectural presentations (See BIG book hot to cold) nowadays.

Here they already changed the external color, in the previous bloggers there was a pink and blue sides that now are disappeared into a monotone white.

One day I have to write something about the emerging conflict between the lively colors and the current Japanese trend. Some in fact may wrongly think that the actual distaste to…. anything different than grey , belongs to the Japanese culture.

Far from there the true stands.

Speaking about grey, interesting enough to report. it is the contrast of Architecture positions between Eisenmann and the Swiss, P.Zumthor which is considered as well as the american, a master in its own role. Eisenmann declares he is not interested in details, and to exemplifies what are they details for him, he points to the work of mr.Zumthor.

More than that, between 1966 and 1972, abstraction went out, he says with regret in this 2015 University lecture.

By far the most evocative and successful work of mr. Eisenmann is the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, which is totally grey…!

Yep, it is another architectural short circuit.


SPAM get caught by Cauce

This is a kind of public sharing post, I wish somebody else would help bounding here and there.

Who does not get spam mail? I had to change at least 10 mail in the last 10 years because of spams. Eventually I found some serious ones who are fighting back.

It is a organizazion called CAUCE who have suited companies and won trials!

That is a big Wow.

They also have collected data and help to clean the web with their Operation Safety Net document,(76 pages long pdf file, here the link) .


事務所に新しいテーブルがきになりました、 a new table for the office, un nuovo tavolo per l’ufficio

Saturday as soon as I got to the Office, I was happy to help to

carry up to the Office a new table. A one piece leg was heavy and

we figured out ho to move it upstairs.


Eventually we did reach the Office, and placed in the boss space, to allow him to receive clients in a proper way.


un passo nel passato per prendere la rincorsa. F.L.Wright, jiyu gakuen myonichikan, about 1920

Sebbene questo blog nasce con la voglia di scoprire le bellezze contemporanee di Tokyo visto che noi in Italia non abbiamo simili esempi, sono andato a rendere un tributo a un grande architetto del passato, grandissimo anzi, che ha tradotto la bellezza dei concetti giapponesi in qualcosa di concreto per noi occidentali….una cascata…

Si tratta di F.L. Wright, vicino a Ikebukuro c’è un opera che è stata progettata assieme ad Arata Endo (spero di non sbagliare). In questo momento non mi interessa capire quanto ci sia dell’uno e quanto dell’altro. ImageDeclinare

Declinare è il verbo che mi viene in mente mentre visito questa scuola che è oggi un Museo. E’ degli anni 20 e ha dovuto essere ristrutturata, finita nel 1997.

In giapponese 自由学園明日館 che si legge “jiyu gakuen myonichikan”, significa

“Scuola del libero spirito” e mi sembra di buon auspicio. In questo link c’è la passeggiata di oggi.

Qui c’è il sito ufficiale.

Qui invece un po’ di foto ke feci in una precedente visita dove si possono appunto ammirare le “declinazioni” soprattutto dall’interno.

Ho trascorso inoltre un piacevolissimo momento con mio figlio seduti nella sala centrale con te e pasticcini.