our profession is based on the notion of secrecy

GINGER (2008)

Photo © Katsutoshi Sasaki
I asked the architect for a one-line comment on this house.


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Emerging Architect

There will be no posts by Gero this week, who is engaged in rush work and at the site the whole week. While he is away from his computer, I will feature, Katsutoshi Sasaki, a still unknown young architect based in Toyota (The home of Toyota Motor Corporation).

Born in 1976, after working for Norisada Maeda for a few years, Katsutoshi Sasaki has designed some interesting houses and buildings. I feel his work deserves some attention and am happy to show a few examples of his work this week.

Rome… I am green!

A few months ago I had heard that one of my son’s classmates was moving to Rome. I told the parents that it was my dream to live there for a year and I was very envious.

Last week I had a call from my best friend T whom I haven’t seen for years despite the fact we live not far from each other, but just because we are both in a different phase of life now. I mentioned about him a while ago in this blog.

T says “Hey man, I’ll be leaving for Rome soon for one year, so let’s get together.” He got the Rome Prize and will be on fully paid sabbatical from his work for a year, which give his wife and children the opportunity to join the Roman life. “You should come visit me. I will let you kneel in front of me to kiss my ring!” he laughs out loud.

I applied for the Rome Prize once more than ten years ago and of course didn’t get it. I felt then that I could eventually receive the prize by trying another time or two. But I’ve never tried again.

I have never been to Rome or any other part of Italy. While Pope John Paul II was still alive, I used to joke I wouldn’t go to Rome since if I ever had a chance to be at the Pope’s weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square I might pee my pants and would never return home. I once in a while had this profoundly weird dream, I saw myself being ordained in Vatican.

Of course that wasn’t the reason I stopped pursuing the opportunity to go to Rome. I just slacked off.

I found a line saying “I’m in Rome now for the month of June…” this morning at my regular stop. Is Rome becoming a directional keyword for the new phase of my life? I hope not…

In the picture above, the always elegant Meier’s architecture seems particularly beautiful in Rome/ Jubilee Church Dio Padre Misericordioso Rome.


アリゾナの砂漠地帯に建てれた映画マッドマックスを連想させるこのモダンな家は、建築家夫婦の自邸として2005年に建てられた。この後に続く衛星/空撮イメージの二つめは近隣の家の値段を示したものだが、周りの家々は日本円にして二千万円に至らないものがほとんどである。役所の記録によれば、オーナー夫婦が7年前にこの土地を購入した価格が6万ドルちょっと、日本で言うところの「兎小屋」に類似する表現の”shoe-box house”が存在し、数年間そこに住んだ後でこの家の新築に至ったそうだ。現在この家は売りに出されており、その価格は何と125万ドルだ。この地域の不動産鑑定士に査定をさせたら到底その三分の一の価格にもならないだろうから、ローンで購入することは不可能な物件だということになる。プレミアムの付いた家が、アート作品のように売買される時代が到来しつつあるようだ…
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