Author(s): Nikken Sekkei Architects
Established in 1900 and today the largest and oldest architectural consulting firm in Japan, the formative role played by Nikken Sekkei Architects in sustainable architecture is legendary in the field. This deluxe publication celebrates achievements while offering programmatic comment on the sustainability challenges to come. Opening with a thesis on low-carbon building by Tokyo University Professor emeritus Shuzo Murakami, the book then features Botond Bognar’s essay on Nikken Sekkei’s longstanding commitment to ecological design, highly illustrated profiles of 16 famous projects, and a comprehensive investigation of sustainable technology and materials by some of the firm’s leading designers and thinkers. Contrasting the serious intent is some luminous colour photography; the profile of the Kyoto State Guest House, with its autumnal leaves, animals, water and wind, demonstrates Nikken Sekkei’s mobilisation of nature and technology in the service of sustainable beauty.