The Brilliant Folds of Akihisa Hirata
November 17, 2016
When thinking of Japanese architecture, the word ‘paper’ often comes to mind. We picture long and blemish-free white sheets of shoji on sliding doors, crisp and clean as if ironed. In the work of Akihisa Hirata we too see paper, but in his unique case, it presents as the delicately manipulated folds of origami. And the comparison with origami seems apt somehow, as what is architecture but the manipulation of forms, the manipulations of materials, the manipulation of landscape?