Isozaki, the new architectural book that we have very close

The Japanese architect has developed part of his works, influenced by the future, in several Spanish cities.
08 Mar 2019

Arata Isozaki is a renowned Japanese architect who has built a voluminous architectural heritage around the world. From the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, MOCA, the Gumma Art Museum of Japan, through the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.


He himself has recognized, upon receiving the Pritker Prize, that before the age of 30 he had already made several rounds of the world. A difference from his teacher, Kenzo Tang (Pritker Prize 1987), supra tender bridges with his Western colleagues to be built overseas.

From his childhood he understood the impermanence of architecture because of the war environment in which he lived. The hometown was devastated by the war, in front of it, Hiroshima and Nagasaki also disappeared from the map. From this zero zone, that is to say, from nothing was born his architectural style and also his way of perceiving the world.

The reconstruction of Japan, after the Second World War, marked the beginning of his career. His master plan "City in the air" for Shinjuku, was one of his first jobs, although he never took a line. This first work of futuristic style lets glimpse the tone that will use in its coming projects.

city in the air

Isozaki's futurism has arrived in Spain in ten buildings in cities such as Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Madrid, A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela.

The design of the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona meant an error test for the Japanese architect. The initial design underwent numerous changes in the structure of its structure and the technique that was used for its construction. As a result, the Catalan building has adopted the style of the Japanese manor houses of the 10th century.

palau sant jordi

On the coast of A Coruña we can find La Domus: The house of man. The facade facing the sea gives the feeling of having been affected by the waves of the sea. Between the blocks of the houses fruit of the urbanistic impact of the sixties, this building becomes one of the emblems of the city.

la domus a coruña

In the residential project, Carabanchel 21, Isozaki appears as the construction model of the 21st century. This is the conclusion about the non-consecutive geometric shapes of this block of flats. The parallelograms used follow the succession of Fibonacci as a result of the open houses to the facades that create a free landscape, a difference of the constructions for this end of the XXth century.

carabanchel 21

En Bilbao, Isozaki también ha dejado su huella en un skykine protagonizado por el Guggenheim de Gery. Los edificios Atea están situados muy cerca del museo y lo complementan como un conjunto que ha situado a esta ciudad vasca como un destino arquitectónico.

atea bilbao

Other works in Spain of Isozaki have been in the Parc de la Muntanyeta and the sports pavilion of Pallafols, both in Catalonia.

parc muntanyeta


In truth, we are seldom lucky that the Prudent Prize has the work that is near us. This is a great opportunity to discover it up close. What would you like to visit?

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