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Yoshio Taniguchi

Yoshio Taniguchi, a contemporary Japanese architect, was born in 1937. His father, Yoshiro Taniguchi (1904-1979), was also a well-known architect in Japan. Taniguchi did not major in architecture at university, but majored in mechanical engineering at Keio University. After graduation in 1960, he often participated in the discussions between his father and his architect friends. Gradually he became interested in architecture, so he went abroad to study design and research at Harvard University.

Taniguchi briefly worked for the German architect Walter Gropius, who later became an important influence on him. Between 1964 and 1972, he worked for modernist architect Kenzo Tashita's studio. He set up his own architecture office in 1975 and has since worked with such notable names as Isamu Noguchi, Peter Walker and Genichiro Inokuma.

Taniguchi's architectural works have a very strong square cutting style, often large glass or thin structure, the shape is quite simple, the most famous of which are almost all Japanese museums or art galleries, including the new National Museum of Kyoto, the new Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Toyota City Museum of Art and so on.

When confronted with Oriental creativity, people often do not take a cool, rational, curious view, but tend to attribute the aesthetic effects they see to some mystical spiritual force -- whether they call it Zen, Tao, Yin or Yang -- that exists in Eastern culture. This mystical awe is particularly strongly appealed to when visiting buildings designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. His work has a sense of subtlety, suggesting a hidden depth.

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    Design Works

    • Kanazawa Museum

      In Kanazawa, many historical buildings from the early modern period onward and contemporary architecture such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and the D.T SUZUKI MUSEUM are dotted like mosaic around the city and create a fascinating architectural culture.
    • Tokyo National Museum

      When people pass through the green and branches of the makeup, they come to the horyuji treasure hall, where there is a platform floating on the water, and the flowing water reflects the outline of the building itself.
    • The Okura Tokyo

      Temple of Japanese craft, the Okura Tokyo is a luxury hotel that opened in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inauguration the hotel has gained international recognition, becoming a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. 
    • Kyoto National Museum

      The almost 18.000 m2 new wing now houses some of Japan’s most important artworks, so it was key that the building, including the storage and exhibition facilities, was earthquake secured to the highest technological standards.
    • D.T. Suzuki Museum

      The museum is not only a place to learn about Suzuki’s life and thinking, but in its structure it puts Zen thought into practice.
    • Asia Society Texas Center

      In 2003, the Asia Society of Texas purchased a 2.3-acre site in Houston’s renowned museum district; the next year the block across the street was bought as the parking lot.
    • Novartis Campus Basilea

      The building at Fabrikstrasse 10, with its closing white glass facade, evinces a very sculptural expression that is unusual for a laboratory building. 
    • Museum of Modern Art

      Its clean, regular planes mark Yoshio Taniguchi's 2004 addition to the MoMA's sequence of facades, which he preserved as a record of its form.