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Published: Thursday May 8, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday May 8, 2014 MYT 7:49:33 AM

Exhibition highlights buildings designed by architects from Land of the Rising Sun

Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan designed Fashid Moussiavi and Alejandro Zaera Polo/FOA shown at the "Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996 - 2006" exhibition

Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan designed Fashid Moussiavi and Alejandro Zaera Polo/FOA shown at the "Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996 - 2006" exhibition

MANY Malaysians have forgotten that Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was designed by Japanese architect Kurokawa Kisho.

They will be reminded of this and discover other interesting facts at the “Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996 – 2006” exhibition at KL City Gallery.

Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur public relations officer Nagisa Nair said architecture was a visible sign of a country or region’s social circumstances and cultural maturity.

“This exhibition looks at buildings completed on Japanese soil as well as those realised by Japanese architects abroad. The projects range from large-scale infrastructure facilities to small private residences,” said Nagisa.

The travelling exhibition started in Japan in 2006.

JR Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan designed by Hiroshi Hara shown at the
JR Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan designed by Hiroshi Hara.

When asked about the title, she said that “Parallel Nippon” suggested “multiple Japans”, a notion exemplified through the diversity of projects underpinned by the four themes that define the exhibition, namely Life, City, Culture and Environment.

Nagisa said the foundation hoped it would be a unique opportunity for visitors to discover contemporary Japanese architecture and to rediscover the wealth of Japan’s cultural heritage.

There are about 112 buildings in countries such as Japan, France, Nepal and Qatar featured in the exhibition, including KLIA.

A picture of Ropongi Hills, Minato, Tokyo, Japan designed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. Irie Miyake Architects & Engineers Yamashita Sekkei Inc. Nikken Housing system Inc. and Others showcased at the
A picture of Ropongi Hills, Minato, Tokyo, Japan designed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. Irie Miyake Architects & Engineers.

“There are 22 panels featuring these buildings and five models as well as 16 3D origami models,” she said.

Anna Rohana said the exhibition showed the modernisation of buildings in Japan.

“I appreciate the beauty and artistic skills displayed. Architects can learn to adapt these designs in their own countries,” said the 30-year-old Indonesian.

The exhibition is on until May 28, from 9am to 6.30pm daily.

Admission is free.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Central Region, parallel nippon, japanese, kl city gallery

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