Tsuyoshi Tane | Archeology of the Future - Memory & Vision


April 06 to October 13, 2019

Tuesday to Saturday

10 am - 8 pm

Sunday and public holidays

10 am - 6 pm





Japanese architecture, a benchmark on the international scenario, is again on display at Japan House São Paulo, this time, in an exhibition that showcases in detail the work of Tsuyoshi Tane, a Japanese architect who is a highlight on the current world scene. “Tsuyoshi Tane | Archeology of the Future - Memory & Vision” will run from August 6 to October 13, 2019, and is an invitation to dive into the creative process of the professional’s project development.

Installed on the second floor of the cultural center, the show portrays Tane’s creative universe. In all, 15 projects will be featured - created between 2006 and 2019 -, represented by 600 objects, including five large-scale mockups, study models, and the most diverse materials and utensils found at the sites of each project. In addition, about 2,000 images occupy the exhibition space, from walls to floor. All of the items are part of Tane’s work process, through which he conducts archaeological research, aligned with his ‘Archeology of the Future’ Manifesto, in which he seeks local stories and references to prepare each conception, and which will, in some way, serve as inspiration for the future. Within this logic, his architecture manifests the memories of the place as the guiding principle of the projects.

Curated by the architect himself, the exhibition in the archaeological research format was designed to attract and arouse the spectator’s senses.

Tsuyoshi Tane | Arqueologia do Futuro – Memória & Visão
Archaeological Research, 2018 - Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects

“Tane has a very special architectural philosophy, seeking to create places, not simply functional or empty spaces. Places with memory and meaning, capable of improving the future”, says Japan House São Paulo Cultural Director Natasha Barzaghi Geenen.

Among the mockups in display is the work done in 2006, with which the then 26-year-old architect gained global recognition as the author of the winning project of the international contest to design the Estonian National Museum (completed in 2016), together with his partners Dan Dorell and Lina Ghotmeh. Conceived based on deep historical research, the work is an extension of the remains of a Soviet airstrip, re-signified by his intervention, which perfectly exemplifies the relationship between the past and future of the place, as sought by the architect. In 2017, the architect founded Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects in Paris, thus expanding his activities.

To Tane, starting a new project means looking as far as possible back into the history of that space. “I dig into the past to find memories that are embedded in places. It is a process of discovery that builds the future and that is what drives our curiosity. From the encounter with the memories of the place that had been forgotten, erased or that had disappeared because of modernity come the concepts that connect to the future”, he says.

Tsuyoshi Tane | Arqueologia do Futuro – Memória & Visão
10 kyoto. Kyoto, Japan 2017 - Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects
Tsuyoshi Tane | Arqueologia do Futuro – Memória & Visão
Kofun Stadium - New National Stadium Japan Tokyo, Japan 2012 - image: courtesy of DGT.

Parallel Program

Integrating with the activities of the "Tsuyoshi Tane | Archeology of the Future - Memory & Vision” exhibit, the architect will lecture during the opening week of the show. On August 6, at 7 pm, he will talk about his career and concepts at the IAB - Institute of Architects of Brazil, downtown São Paulo.

Meanwhile, on August 8, as part of the cycle of lectures organized by Japan House São Paulo and the Archeology of the Future, “Designing Cultural Institutions: Contemporary Challenges”, he will chat with the Brazilian architect Thiago Bernardes, from Bernardes Arquitetura, at 7 PM. Both events are open to the public, with limited space and tickets available at the reception of Japan House São Paulo an hour before the events.


Projects featured at the show

Estonian National Museum - Tartu, Estonia (Museum), 2006-2016

Kofun Stadium - New National Stadium Japan - Japan (Stadium, 2012)

Wonderground - Natural History Museum of Denmark - Copenhagen, Denmark (Museum, 2009)

Arthur Rimbaud Museum - Charleville-Mézières, France (Museum of Art, 2012)

Twin Towers in Kai Tak Development - Hong Kong, China (Commercial, 2017)

A House for Oiso – Kanagawa, Japan (Residential, 2015) Toraya Paris – Paris, France (Interior Design, 2015)

Chiso Building – Kyoto, Japan (Commercial, 2015) Todoroki House in Valley – Tokyo, Japan (Accommodation, 2018)

Hirosaki Contemporary Art Museum – Hirosaki, Japan (Museum, 2017)

10 Kyoto Building – Kyoto, Japan (Commercial, 2017)

Bhutan Five Star Village Hotel (Hotel, 2017-2021)

Balthus Chapel – Rossinière, Switzerland (Institutional, 2018)

Restaurant Maison – Paris, France (Restaurant, 2018)

Food and Restaurant – Paris, France (Restaurant, 2018-2019)

Weekend House in Fontainebleau – France (Accommodation, 2019)

Luxembourg Apartment – Paris, France (Interior Design, 2019) Project 142 – Paris, France (Commercial, 2019)


2006 - Estonian Museum International Architecture Competition, Estonia
2008 - French Ministry of Culture Awards for Young Architects, France
2008 - Architecture Association Award of Milan, Italy
2012 - International Design Competition for the Tokyo National Stadium Project - Finalist (Japan)
2014 - Milan Design Awards Best Entertaining + Best Sound (Italy)
2016 - AFEX Grand Prix 2016 (France)
2016 - French Architecture Academy Competition - Beginner Awards (France)
2017 - 67th Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Award - Beginner Award (Japan)
2017 - Mies van der Rohe Contemporary Architecture Award - Nomination (EU)
2017 - Best Building Award of Estonia (Estonia)
2018 - Best Architect of the Year Award (Japan)
2018 - European Museum of the Year Award (EU)

Tsuyoshi Tane | Archeology of the Future - Memory & Vision
Japan House São Paulo – Avenida Paulista, 52
April 06 to October 13, 2019
Second floor
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 6pm
Free admission

Check out the program at www.facebook.com/JapanHouseSP/

Lecture with Tsuyoshi Tane
When: August 6, 2019, at 7pm
Where: IAB - Institute of Architects of Brazil (Rua Bento Freitas, 306, Vila Buarque)
Free Participation

Designing Cultural Institutions: Contemporary Challenges.
Chat with Tsuyoshi Tane and Thiago Bernardes
When: Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 7pm
Where: Japan House São Paulo – Avenida Paulista, 52 – Bela Vista
Free Participation
Tickets handed out an hour before the event at the reception

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