Tetsuo Kobori



建築と自然の最適解/The optimal solution








In 2011, there was an earthquake.

When I think about the people who suddenly lost everything due to the forces of nature, my thoughts are like suspended no matter what.
For example, if the Great Kanto Earthquake would occurred in Tokyo tomorrow, I can not imagine how I could live without my family, house, and city.When I am confronted to the fact that completely wiped out by natural disaster, I am not sure that I can keep the sanity. 

Usually, we live unconsciously avoiding the thoughts we do not need to have. We cannot live without avoiding them, as we do not think about the fact that “death” inevitably awaits all human beings in the end, and that it may be tomorrow. 

In fact, I think that designing architecture is to think of the things that you do not have to think about on behalf of people.
Of course there are architectural rules at the base, such as cost, techniques, demands, personal preferences, and other aspects that we must considered as experts, however, when it comes to questions like “what is the meaning of life?”, “what is happiness?”, and “what is nature?” , I think that it is searching through planning and design.

If you believe that humans, animals and insects are part of nature, I can understand. But what about architecture.
It is not something separated from nature, and you can imagine it if you have in mind the Japanese house as it used to be, the optimal solution with natural materials, land, climate and culture was architecture.
Such optimal solutions were not something that appeared immediately, but as we have now experienced an architecture that broke up with nature through the era of modern architecture, it is necessary to create new optimal solutions with nature once again.

 Recently, although there are many designs from research institutes, and various kinds of requests from clients, the research is inherently separated from economic activities and productivity, thinking of the things you do not have to think about, aiming up to the point where it will return ultimately to economic activities. All along I have been thinking about what could be the architecture created from such research. The things thought there actually are also the optimum solution for nature and human beings.I’m very excited about the fact that such architecture are being made right now.