Hideyuki Yamashita

Architect (1961)

Central to the work of Hideyuki Yamashita is the notion of embedding an architectural space within another space, a procedure he has named Info-Domino, which he achieves by placing video cameras and monitors into a network. Each camera films a screen on which the image of what another camera is filming is displayed. This infinitely extendable network swallows up the physical dimension of the individual displayed on the monitor, totally abolishing depth of space in the process. In 1993, Yamashita developed the concept of the Nested-Cube in process, a structure placed within another structure, where the form becomes the result of the nesting of the different structural systems embedded within, elaborating “a recursive space and the core of a structural system supporting a combination of associated spaces” (Yamashita). Several concepts implemented more or less directly in his architecture projects are articulated here: recursion, the continuous embedding of scales, the interrelation of spaces, self-normative architecture and optical illusions produced with mirrors. An example resulting from this research is the house built in Koshigaya in 1994 where he employed these themes.

After working with the Kazuo Shinohara architecture firm, Hideyuki Yamashita (b. 1961) graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1984. In 1986 he followed the training offered by Peter Cook at the Stadel Schule in Frankfort, and thereafter enrolled at the Cooper Union in New York in 1987. In 1991, he founded his own firm, Info-Agenda Design Office, in Tokyo, then infagenda Inc. in 1999. A frequent award winner, Hideyuki Yamashita distinguished himself in 1997 during the competition for the Gorée Memorial in Dakar (Senegal) where he and his team won second prize. He has taught since 2000 at the Institute of Design in Nagaoka (Japan).

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