This site documents the joint residency of architects Andrew Todd and Kibo Hagino at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto during the autumn of 2015
Students simultaneously at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1990s -where they never met- Todd and Hagino have since followed very different professional trajectories, the former establishing his practice in Paris, the latter in the remote Noto peninsula of Japan.
The 2015 Villa Kujoyama Residence en Duo -a programme of the Institut Francais and the French Foreign Ministry- offers them the opportunity to step outside of their day-to-day roles and to question in dialogue their respective traditions and personal vectors.
Both Todd and Hagino have developed specialisms in wood and bamboo as construction materials; these form the nexus of their dialogue. Based at the Villa in the hills above Kyoto, they have been building, observing, drawing and -above all- meeting with leading figures in Japanese craft and architecture.
A French version of this site is forthcoming.