Moreau Kusunoki: Materiality and in-between spaces

Full price: $67.00
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Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the National Architecture Conference 2018: Edge

This seminar explores the in-between spaces often found in the architecture of Moreau Kusunoki; between two buildings there is a space open to possibilities, where exchange and life happens. The appropriation of this in-between space by the users is the sign of a building’s success. Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki talk about the history and philosophy of their practice and showcase their 1st prize winning entry in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. They discuss the intersection of cultures and how to design cultural public spaces accordingly – as people and their culture ultimately completes the architecture.

AACA Competency: Design


Nicholas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki: Co-directors - Moreau Kusunoki Architectes France

Established in Paris in 2011, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes inserted itself discreetly into the roster of young architects in France. The duo behind the practice – Hiroko Kusunoki, from Japan, and Nicolas Moreau, from France – put forward the cultural duality in all of the produced projects after gaining invaluable experiences in Japan under SANAA, Shigeru Ban and Kengo Kuma. In the belief that architecture is best conceived in reserve and introspection, the firm instills in each of its projects poetic visions and a sensitive approach to the use of different scales in its design methodology. Particularly valuing the growth of architecture stemming from the infinitesimal scale of materiality and haptics to the urban scale.

In June 2015, Moreau Kusunoki was awarded 1st prize in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Most recently the firm’s work includes the 1st prize design for Sciences Po in Paris and the construction of the plaza for the Paris High Court.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain how the analysis of the intersection of cultures can inform the design of cultural public spaces.
  • Define the “in between” spaces found in the architecture of Moreau Kusunoki and to examine the possibilities these spaces provide.
  • Explain how the appropriation of in-between spaces by users can contribute to the perception of a building’s success.

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



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    Member $50.00
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    Published on: 18/09/2018

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