Taiwanese Architect Wins Yoshizaka Takamasa Award

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Photo by Matt Wen, from Cloud Gate Theater website

Huang Sheng-yuan (黃聲遠) and FieldOffice Architects (田中央工作群) received the fourth Yoshizaka Takamasa Award, becoming the first non-Japanese recipients of the award, UDN reported.

The award committee believes that Huang’s originality and work forms a connection between people and structures, embodying the the concepts promoted by the late architect Yoshizaka Takamasa. The award focuses not just on the design, but how the design improves the environment and people’s lives.

The award will be presented at Waseda University in Tokyo on November 27.

Huang was born in Taipei in 1963 and earn a master’s in architecture from Yale University. He returned to Taiwan in the mid-1990s and founded FieldOffice Architects in Yilan in 1994. He has won numerous awards with his architecture firm dating back to 1998. Huang and his firm designed the new home for Cloud Gate Theater in Tamsui.

According to the company website, Huang “believes in the root of architecture that lies deeply within life itself, and life’s truest form is not one of static and tangible qualities, but of dynamic and ephemeral, constantly in change.”

Yoshizaka Takamasa was the former president of the Architectural Institute of Japan and was known for incorporating the Discontinuous Unity theory is architectural work.

Huang and his team were also selected to represent Taiwan at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens on May 26, 2018.

 

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