Leading Japanese architects have offered up drawings, models and other original works to raise funds for Home for All, the non-profit organisation set up by Toyo Ito following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The auction site launched on the final weekend of design festival of Designart Tokyo, which ran from 19 to 28 October. It is accepting bids until 5 November.
Among the 24 lots is a one-size-fits-all dress, consisting of three acrylic layers that can be worn in different combinations. It was produced by Sonia Rykiel in collaboration with SANAA co-founder Kazuyo Sejima, who sits on the board of Home for All.
Architect Mark Dytham – a fellow member of the Home for All board, and co-founder of Designart Tokyo – commented that the three-layer prototype dress was the “most surprising item in the auction”.
Takeshi Okada also gave a piece of clothing – a signed home shirt of FC Imabari, the team that he owns, who play in the Japan Football League.
Ryue Nishizawa, Sejima’s partner at SANAA, has offered a set of five framed architectural drawings.
Six other architects also gave drawings of projects or products that they have been involved in designing.
Toyo Ito shared a drawing of his National Taichung Theatre, while Fumihiko Maki donated drawings of his Massachusetts Institute of Technology building and his National Museum of Modern Art.
Meanwhile Riken Yamamoto has offered the L-chair he designed for Yamakawa Villa.
Kumiko Inui and Sou Fujimoto‘s lots are architectural models of projects. Fujimoto gave two early studies for the Home for All community gathering place he designed in Rikuzentakata, a town that suffered during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Similarly, Naoya Hatakeyama’s lot is a signed photograph of a Home for All project he designed.
Klein Dytham, the architectural practice founded by Dytham and Astrid Klein, gave a model of the Home for All children’s play space it designed in Soma City in 2015, but recreated in 3D laser-cut crystal.
Home for All was initiated by Ito in the days after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. The following year, the architects involved won the best pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their housing concepts for areas affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
The organisation completed 15 projects in the region, often working together with local architects. The Tohoku projects were community buildings designed to offer a public space for people affected to come together.
Following the Kumamoto earthquake in 2016, 84 further projects were undertaken in the west of Japan, in collaboration with the prefectural government, many of them temporary housing.
The idea for the auction was suggested at one of Home for All’s monthly board meetings, during which Ito and Sejima mentioned that they had previously offered lots for several auctions around the world and that they were always good fun.
At a conference on Sunday 28 October to mark the launch of the auction, the board members discussed how they can disseminate what they have learnt creating community centres and temporary homes over the past seven years to other areas affected by disaster.
They also spoke about the necessity of maintenance of the existing buildings, as well as their potential re-location and reuse once they’ve served their purpose, all of which requires funds that they hope to gather from the auction.
All proceeds of the winning bids from will go towards funding the costs of the non-profit organisation. Bids can be made on the auction site at online.sbiartauction.co.jp until 10pm Japanese Standard Time on Monday 5 November.
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