For the Tokyo Biennale, the project’s core team members, Masayoshi Takeuchi (MIKAN) and Rie Nakada (HandiHouse project), take on the theme of “sustainable lifestyle building through tiny houses”. They will place these tiny houses, each with their own theme, across the many areas of the biennale. The project proposes a sustainable society through the act of DIY building a TINY HOUSE, which makes us think about what we actually need in our lives. For the biennale pre-event in 2019, TINY HOUSES were placed in Minami Ikebukuro Park where a “TINY HOUSE Exhibition” was held. For this project, these houses will be presented through a variety of designs and functions.
(As of March 2020)
1: “TINY HOUSE FESTIVAL 2019” Tokyo 2020 Pre-Event, 2019, Minami Ikebukuro Park
2: “Insulated Tiny House” 2019, Morimichi Ichiba
3: “Insulated Tiny House”, 2017, 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Masayoshi Takeuchi + Nakada Rie
Masayoshi Takeuchi (Architect): Born 1962 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Takeuchi codirects architect unit, MIKAN. He also serves as professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design, and as chief executive officer of ENERGY MACHIZUKURI-SHA INC. He has written “Can you passive-house it?” (X-Knowledge) and “Genpatsu to kenchikuka” (translation: “Nuclear Power Plants and Architects”) (Gakugei Shuppan-Sha). Works of architecture include Yamagata Eco-House, House-M, EXPO 2005 TOYOTA GROUP PAVILION, Inahigashi Elementary School, social welfare corporation KOBAISO, OGAL CENTER, and Ogal Kindergarten.
Nakada Rie (Architect): After working for a planning office, Nakada founded her own office called “Nakata Architects”. Taking on the motto, “from vision to actualization”, she organized the group “HandiHouse project”, which completes “by hand” the entire building process from design to construction. In order to create a handmade wedding venue by the ocean she built “SeasideLiving” in 2013, and continues to operate the space every summer. Nakada got the prize of the 2018 Tokyo Society of Architects & Building Engineers “Future Architect ” award.