Contemporary Arts


Born 1974 in Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan), based in Tokyo.

Completed the master's degree program in architecture at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2000. Starting his career with Kazuyo Sejima and Associates, he established his own practice in 2004. Ishigami garnered attention from the art world with balloon, a one-ton, floating metal volume he created for the 2007 exhibition "SPACE FOR YOUR FUTURE" held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. He showed solo in the Japanese pavilion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008; received the 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Prize for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT Workshop and the Golden Lion for Best Project at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010; and staged solo exhibitions at the Shiseido Gallery and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art later the same year. Continually pushing the possibilities of architecture with the spaces and structures he realizes based on audacious ideas, Ishigami is now widely regarded as one of Japan's most promising young architects.

  《 Balloon 》 2007
Installation view at " SPACE FOR YOUR FUTURE," Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
photo : Yasushi Ichikawa
courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
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