A sumptuous show by Sou Fujimoto inaugurates new cultural venue Japan House London

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‘Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future’ is the inaugural exhibition at Japan House London, a new cultural venue occupying three floors of an Art Deco building on Kensington High Street, which contains an events space, library, retail, and a Japanese restaurant alongside a temporary exhibition gallery.

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (ph: Iwan Baan) and Musashino Art University, Tokyo (ph: Daici Ano).

The Fujimoto exhibition, staged in collaboration with Tokyo’s Toto Gallery, presents both a selection of the 46-year-old architect’s built works – including the Musashino Art University Museum & Library and the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – and exquisite models depicting many of those planned and under construction.

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Models of building for Benetton and tower for Taiwan, and visualisation of a tree-inspired housing tower for Montpellier.

Fujimoto calls these proposals “seeds of the future”, and many of the models have a distinctly organic character. Trees are encapsulated in glass boxes in a model of a building for Benetton, poke through round holes in a circular House in Catalonia and protrude from the tops of architectural branches on a ‘Tree Building’.