Valletta Design Cluster Roof Garden

Friday 21st September 2018

Tetsuo Kondo is a Japanese Architect, and founder of Tetsuo Kondo Architects (Tokyo).

The award-winning architect is internationally recognized for his work which sensitively integrates architectural interventions with the natural environment.

Projects by Tetsuo Kondo Architects include A Path in the Forest (2011) in which the studio added a path to the elegant woods of Kadriorg, Estonia. A path which relies on the forest as it flutters through the 300 years old woods.

Tetsuo Kondo is also known for producing an indoor cloud at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, and later recreating the Cloudscapes installation in the sunken courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). The cloud effect was formed by pumping three layers of air into the space. Cold dry air went in at the bottom, while hot humid air was fed into the middle and hot dry air was pumped in at the top.

According to the studio ‘The constantly changing clouds are both soft structures and part of the natural environment that surrounds us. It is not the structure alone but the invisible differences in humidity and temperature and the weather, the time of day, and other aspects of the surrounding environment, all influencing each other, little by little, that make this work an artistic whole. Cloudscapes is, in effect, an experiment in creating a new type of architectural space, one that achieves integration in engagement with its environment’.

Tetsuo Kondo is the designer of the new roof garden at the Valletta Design Cluster, il-Biċċerija (the Old Abattoir building), a previously abandoned structure which is undergoing renovation as one of the Valletta 2018 flagship infrastructure projects. During his Design Dialogues presentation, Mr Kondo will discuss his previous work, and the plans for the new roof garden space in Valletta.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster.