Kazushi Takahashi: From Ship Builder to Architect

Kazushi Takahashi, a seventh-generation Japanese shipbuilder decided to apply his engineering skills to the design and creation of modernist architecture. pingmag features an interview with the shipbuilder turned architect and a series of his completed works. they previously featured a tour of takahashi’s studio.

Architect Kazushi says:

Architecture is about straight lines and structural dynamics, while ships are about curved lines and fluid dynamics. plus, another difference is that carpenters and architects can’t make boats, but shipbuilders can make both ships and houses. however, the basic science behind it, the arithmetic and physics are the same. that is the common thread between them.
The surface of the Gundam inspired Jimbocho Theater building in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo is welded together without using a single bolt. He has completed a number of unusual projects applying shipbuilding technology and construction methods.
Kazushi Takahashi Photo

Architecture - Takahashi Gundam 02

Architecture - Takahashi Gundam 01
One can’t help but think of Architect Tadao Ando — He has led an eventful life, working as a truck driver and boxer prior to settling on the profession of Architecture, despite never having taken formal training in the field. He visited buildings designed by renowned architects like Le CorbusierLudwig Mies Van der RoheFrank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahnbefore returning to Osaka in 1968 and established his own design studio, Tadao Ando Architect and Associates.
Tadao Ando Tadao Ando 01
Tadao Ando 02

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2 Comments on “Kazushi Takahashi: From Ship Builder to Architect”

  1. we love quiet strength and minimalism of Ando’s aesthetic and the light…thanks for intro to Takahashi


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