NRC Presentation in China <設計福清創意未来>


  On January 1st 2017, we took the stage at Fukusei, Fujian, China to present a couple of our current projects in Fujian, as well as a number of other previously completed projects in Japan.

 The seminar was attended by 40 industry professionals, as well as a number of media representatives, and we would like sincerely thank all those in attendance for their attention and interest in our projects. We would also like to extend our utmost thanks to Mr Rin who planned and gave us the opportunity to conduct this presentation.

 Prominent Chinese calligrapher Mr. Genki shows us a traditional writing performance.

[Sekkei(Architectural Plan) Fukusei Soui(Create) Mirai(Future)] means that we can create a bright future for Fukusei through architectural planning. I sincerely thank Mr. Genki for the inspirational writing performance.

  On the day, we didn`t have enough time to make arrangements with a translator, and didn`t have time to answer each individual question, so we would like to explain the finer details of the presentation on our homepage. As I`m not familiar with the restricted Chinese SNS matters, I hope to spread this article so that people who joined the presentation find and understand what we wanted to share.










[My thoughts on architecture in Fukusei]

 Most of the high-class residential buildings in Fukusei are constructed in a Western style, however we found the standard residential complexes made in a more traditional Chinese style to be far more captivating.  

 As I mentioned in the presentation, we question why new buildings in Fukusei are more often than not constructed in a Western style, as the region has such a rich history, including its unique traditions, culture, and people – a history we believe is reflected through its more traditional architectural forms. While we appreciate new techniques and style, we fundamentally believe we should appreciate and value our own culture, however when both are respectfully combined a new and unique form of hybrid architecture may be created.

 We have often been asked about what influences our designs – in fact we spend a great deal of time researching the city and local area for inspiration, and stay in close communication with not only the client, but also the local council and members of the surrounding neighborhood. Through this process, we are able to envisage how or what the role of our structure will be, as both a part of the city and as a part of the neighborhood.

 NRC deeply values international experience, not only in terms of architectural influence, but also in terms of it providing a wider cultural, historical, and personal wisdom, which allow our designs to be more robust. We believe that because of this, especially in Asia it is incredibly important for designers to be connected strongly with one another.



















[The situation of Chinese condominiums]

 During the presentation we were asked why Japanese construction sites are very clean when compared to those in China, and I will answer this using a few anecdotes.

Firstly, something that struck me while I was visiting in China, was seeing the abundance of skeleton condominiums in Fukusei . One of my Chinese friends told me that they are simply used for investment so do not have to be completed, and that because of this, there are large numbers of similar, half built condominiums all over China. This shocked me as it suggested a distinct lack of value placed in the construction of a community through architecture, and rather that structures existed for their economic value alone.

 I believe my interest in this stems from my own experience as a Japanese, specifically from having experienced the economic bubble back in the 80’s. At that time we did not know where we were going and lost sight of the most important facets of life. As we spent on high-class dishes, drinks, cars and clothes to fuel our endless greed, there was an escalation in a similar form of investing – but finally, the bubble burst and the aftermath was bleak. Through this, we learned that there is a high risk in investing blindly in material goods, and the most important source of happiness is one’s family and the surrounding community. To find this very simple truth we paid an extremely high price, some people lost everything and some people were even killed by the bubble.

As an architect you never receive a large profit, so those who simply focus on monetary wealth are rare. However, the job is fulfilling as we are able to make people happy and to participate in community building and integration through the planning and designing of their houses, their homes.

 I believe it is this different form of value that contributes not only to the appreciation of different types of construction but also to the difference in construction sites. Japanese construction sites are respected by their workers because they are constructing a space for living, but because structures in China are built simply for investment they are not given the same level of respect. It is my wish for Chinese people to also find and embrace this form of value, for I believe that as these other forms of happiness become more appreciated over material wealth, a change to a more creative and innovative form of thinking can occur. This will benefit the architectural industry as a whole, as well as other industrial services.