Houses without walls, roofs that flutter over a landscape like ribbons, and façades that are surrounded by countless small and large terraces. The Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto breaks with conventions – and in doing so creates something that contemporary architecture often lacks: distinctiveness, intense relationships of closeness and distance, contrasts of detail and uniformity, and architectural forms that could often be read as sculptures. Founded in 2000, Sou Fujimoto Architects now employs almost 80 people in offices in Tokyo and Paris. Sou Fujimoto Architects have long since gained worldwide recognition for their special approach to space, archetypal form and building at eye level with nature. Not least since the Serpentine Gallery in London asked the firm in 2013 to design the temporary pavilion in Kensington Gardens, which is redesigned every year. This pavilion already embodies what Sou Fujimoto Architects stands for: at first glance, simple, primarily monochromatic white, yet complex structures that virtually invite you to climb up them and look at the world from unusual perspectives.