Hiroshi Sambuichi Wins 2018 Daylight Award for His “Timeless, Fluid” Treatment of Light

Hiroshi Sambuichi Wins 2018 Daylight Award for His "Timeless, Fluid" Treatment of Light , The Water - Installation in the Cisterns of Frederiksberg. Image © Jens Markus Lindhe
The Water – Installation in the Cisterns of Frederiksberg. Image © Jens Markus Lindhe

Hiroshi Sambuichi‘s approach to a site entails long-term study and reflection upon the qualities and forces of nature embedded within. His understanding is “deeper and with a finer grain,” explains American architect and member of The Daylight Award jury James Carpenter as one of several reasons why Sambuichi was recently announced as the latest laureate of the nearly 50-year-old Daylight Award in 2018. In Sambuichi’s hands, “light becomes timeless, fluid and rich.”

Naoshima Hall. Image © Shigeo OgawaRokko Observatory. Image © Sambuichi ArchitectsMiyajima Misen Observatory. Image © Sambuichi ArchitectsInujima Seirensho Art Museum. Image © Daici Ano+ 12

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Naoshima Hall. Image © Shigeo Ogawa

Naoshima Hall. Image © Shigeo Ogawa

“An example is The Naoshima Hall,” says Carpenter. “It sits remarkably compressed within the landscape. As in all his work, Sambuichi’s mastery in framing volumes of light is here expressed as a horizontal work of spatial release, converting an intimate moment into an intense collective engagement with the natural world.”

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Hiroshima Orizuru Tower. Image © Sambuichi Architects

Hiroshima Orizuru Tower. Image © Sambuichi Architects

Hiroshima Orizuru Tower. Image © Sambuichi ArchitectsHiroshima Orizuru Tower. Image © Sambuichi ArchitectsMiyajima Misen Observatory. Image © Sambuichi ArchitectsMiyajima Misen Observatory. Image © Sambuichi Architects+ 12

“Sambuichi’s work, in such projects as the Miyajima Misen Observatory and Hiroshima Orizuru Tower, constantly explores the thin film of space which we occupy on earth—a sliver of tactility, the richness of an intimate ecology. This awareness of the narrow band of topography, our sedimentary layer of life, with the weight of time below coupled with the weightlessness of time above us, is the world revealed by his work.”

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Naoshima Hall. Image © Shigeo Ogawa

Naoshima Hall. Image © Shigeo Ogawa

“All architects speak of the site being important for the work, “ Carpenter says. “For Sambuichi, there is a much deeper and finer grain to his understanding of the site. It is an understanding that resonates with the forces of the wind, rain, sun and earthen elements, speaking to a more metaphysical sublime.”

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Rokko Observatory. Image © Sambuichi Architects

Rokko Observatory. Image © Sambuichi Architects

Next to Hiroshi Sambuichi, the American researcher and computer scientist Greg Ward will receive The Daylight Award 2018 for his pioneering work with the software, Radiance.

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Inujima Seirensho Art Museum. Image © Daici Ano

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum. Image © Daici Ano

Since 1980, The Daylight Award has recognized prominent practitioners in the fields of daylight in architecture and daylight research for the benefit of human health, well-being, and the environment. In addition to the honor, the laureates each receive €100,000 for their groundbreaking work and dedication to daylight. The Daylight Award is presented by the philanthropic foundations, VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and VELUX STIFTUNG. Find out more about the award on their website.

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