专访| OSO 创始人Michael Sypkens


could you tell us about the design Inspirations of the exterior structure?


The idea for the exterior screen is to make a 3-dimensional garden. This is taken from traditional Japanese architecture, where the building is usually hidden within the landscape. Instead of a dominant facade, you find a mix of greenery and garden features (gates, fences, bridges, lanterns, etc.) that bind the space together to greet the visitor.


In this project we created a large screen – something in between a gate and a fence – that is laced with bamboo, moss, and ferns. The building behind is finished in a dark plaster to bring out the colors and textures of the greenery and the screen in front.



We admire your handling of materials. Can you tell us about your design concept?


The material concept is to use natural, organic, and soft materials. The main interior finishes are plaster, washi paper, and the bamboo flooring – all absorptive materials with a pastel (white to beige) color palette. This creates a calm and quite environment. Since the project opens up to a bright, lush garden to the south, the natural finishes draw in the garden as if it was an extension of the interiors.



What is your favorite material? Why?


We like local materials not only because it is sustainable, but also because there is usually a rich history to its use and associations that we find meaningful.


But if we had to choose one material, we would say plaster. Plaster is simple and old. Almost all old buildings used plaster in one way or another. We especially like its durable, timeless, and organic qualities.



Are you influenced by any master designer or famous architecture?


We admire the works of many architects from all over the world, and even more so those anonymous architects of ancient buildings. But since we have both worked for Kengo Kuma, and observed the brilliance of his thinking from close range, we would say he is the most inspirational.



Do you prefer to follow some design trends?


We do follow design trends but we do this more out of curiosity than for inspiration. Like the news, trends can tell us what is happening in the world, but it does not tell us what to do. It should be the designers’ task to define their own position within the world.



when you start to design a project,what is the most important part in this whole work?


The most important is to understand the parameters of the project. This is a combination of the site conditions, building program, local materials, budget requirements, and client expectations. Any good concept must respond to the given parameters in a novel and exciting way.



What kind of influence will the COVID-19 bring? Will it impact your work?


I imagine the current situation is difficult for everyone, but for us it is also an opportunity to rethink our work. We certainly want to be more mindful of the environment. We want to pay more attention to local materials and techniques, and observe how architecture can respond to evolving technologies and lifestyles without losing sight of the past.