Obscure Architecture (House of 33 Years, Study)
There are more than a few examples of architecture in history that carries an extra significance due to its strange destiny beyond its design. Just like one of those, the House of 33 Years designed by Assistant (Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama) is about to be completed accompanied by numerous eclectic anecdotes. Such fascinating stories arise not necessarily on the strength of the architect’s skill but often stem from miraculous chain of events, such as a strange relationship between the client and the architect, a unique site condition, a timing that the building is completed. The House of 33 Years proves myriad signs of anticipation to attract intriguing chances that wouldn’t happen to all.
— Hiroyuki Hattori
(“Kime to Kehai – Texture and Sense” exhibition curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre)