The Past as the Way to the Future: A Novel Premium Lounge




Hiroshi Sugimoto

Born in Tokyo in 1948. Moved to the United States in 1970. Based in New York since 1974. Established a style based on deeply thought-out concepts photographed with a large-format view camera and 8 x 10 inch black-and-white film. His subtly expressive works feature in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Founded the New Material Research Laboratory in 2008. Currently responsible for the renovation of the MOA Museum of Art (Atami), and the construction of the Odawara Art Foundation Enoura Observatory, both scheduled for completion in 2017. Has won numerous awards including the Praemium Imperiale (2009), the Medal with Purple Ribbon (2010) and L’Officier des Arts et des Lettres (2013).

Tomoyuki Sakakida

Born in Shiga Prefecture in 1976, Tomoyuki Sakakida studied architecture at Kyoto Institute of Technology and completed his masters at the "Waro Kishi Laboratory" in 2001 before joining Nihon Sekkei, Inc. He established Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates co.,ltd. in 2003 while also serving as director of architect Waro Kishi’s Tokyo office between 2003-2006, where he headed domestic and international projects for a number of clients including Leica Ginza. In 2008, he established the architectural firm New Material Research Laboratory alongside artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Currently, he heads Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates co.,ltd., is partner architect of New Material Research Laboratory, and is a part-time lecturer at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Interview and Text by Yuka Okada / Photographs by Daisuke Akita


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