藤森照信への、ルイジアナ美術館によるインタビュー動画「A Feeling of Freedom」です。日本語での受け答えに英語字幕付きです。
Meet Terunobu Fujimori, one of Japan’s most influential architects, who has enchanted the world with his playful, often elevated buildings made of natural materials such as wood, earth and stone. In this short video, Fujimori talks about his original interpretations of a traditional Japanese building – his iconic raised tea houses.
“I started to design tea houses because I was interested in the idea of flexibility and a fun design in a small space.” One of the reasons why the teahouses have flexibility, Fujimori explains, is due to the caste system of 400 years ago (when the Japanese style building was first established), which was suspended inside the tea house: “Everyone was equal inside the tea houses and enjoyed being together. And it is the same now. Inside the tea houses, we don’t think about social status, rich and poor. We just spend time together.” This feeling of freedom inside the tea house is what he tries to preserve when designing the building. In connection to this, Fujimori comments on architecture’s unique ability to please people regardless of their preferences: “So its role is to make people comfortable when they use it.” Moreover, it is essential for Fujimori to place the tea houses in such a way that they blend in with nature, and because of this, he builds with only natural materials from the location.