The text investigates the key themes through which Sou Fujimoto declines the relationship between man, nature and artifice, hybridising traditional Japanese culture in the global dimension of contemporary research. In particular is explored the encounter between these themes and that of the Western architecture. We can deduct from the Japanese experience an attitude towards nature that considers it not as an autonomous domain, external and independent of human action, but as a part of life that weaves a continuous dynamic with it through time. In the text, the realization of the Serpentine Gallery pavilion (2013) is taken as a key moment for the evolution of a research from the single-family house to the dimension of the collective house experimented in the European context. The occasion of some architecture competitions in France and the consolidation of an experience with young French professionals (Nicolas Laisné, Dimitri Roussel, OXO Architectes) led to the projects for the Arbre Blanc, for the Village Vertical and for Mille Arbres, which are here reread in the light of the Japanese architect's previous experience.
Montuori, L. (2023). Inside Outside. Sou Fujimoto, abitare la natura dal Giappone alla Francia. RASSEGNA DI ARCHITETTURA E URBANISTICA, 169, 56-61.