YKK AP’s exhibit features novel 3D-printed window prototypes designed to resonate with the natural environment by taking inspiration from the work of architect Antoni Gaudí. Keeping to its purpose, “We build a better society through architectural products”, YKK AP is always exploring ways to make windows that can bring more freedom and happiness to architecture and people’s daily lives. This exhibit resonates with both the YKK Group’s Environmental Vision 2050, “Towards a brighter future for nature and humanity”, and Gaudí’s vision to dissolve the distinction between architecture and nature. It is also an effort to apply inspired designs of the past to the future by exploring the question “What would Gaudí have done with the latest 3D printing technology?” with the support of Gaudí-designed UNESCO World Heritage Sites Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.
This exhibit was realized through collaborations between various companies, creators, and specialists, including creative director Keita Suzuki (Product Design Center), academic advisor Takeshi Yamamura (Associate Professor, Tokyo Polytechnic University), graphic designer Masashi Murakami (Emuni), and space designers YSLA Architects. Follow the special Instagram account for more content, including commentary by Hiroya Tanaka (Professor, Keio University) and interviews of architects such as Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, Klein Dytham architecture, Maki Onishi, and Koki Akiyoshi, who share their thoughts on Gaudí and the future of windows.
YKK AP Inc.
Born in 1982. Principal of the PRODUCT DESIGN CENTER. Works internationally, creating designs that fuse aesthetics with functionality while handling projects from planning to engineering. Became the first-ever Asian finalist of the Hublot Design Prize in 2016. Held his first solo exhibition, “Line by Keita Suzuki”, at the Yanagi Sori Design Memorial in 2018. Selected as the Elle Decor Young Japanese Design Talent of 2020.
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