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Friday, April 8, 2011

Ushida Findlay Architects – Modern Curvilinear Buildings

Preston Park Houses - Innovative green project

Kathryn Findlay - Architectural Background

Her practice Ushida Findlay (Kathryn Findlay, 1953 & Eisaku Ushida, 1954) was the originator of the now in vogue curvilinear architecture, with her first major building the Truss Wall House in 1993 in Japan.

Raised on a farm in Angus, Findlay went onto study at the AA School of Architecture in London and graduated in 1979.

Her practice Ushida Findlay was the originator of the now in vogue curvilinear architecture, with her first major building the Truss Wall House in 1993 in Japan. In 2001, Findlay made her name with a starfish-plan design for a country house in England - Grafton New Hall. Ushida Findlay gained this project by winning the Royal Institute of British Architects’ competition in 2001 for a proposed English country house. Findlay is passionate about site expression. Her current focus is the modernity of traditional materials and building techniques. Dubbed ‘future-rustic’, her Poolhouse 2 is described by the critics as ‘disproportionately significant’.

Kathryn Findlay became an honorary architecture professor at Dundee University in 1999. Findlay received an architecture scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education for postgraduate research at Tokyo University. In 2005, she was awarded the Chair of Architecture and Environment at the University of Dundee.

Findlay is currently completing projects in Doha: a Museum and two grand houses, one for Qatar's Minister of Culture, The Beach Palace is now complete.

Recently, Ushida Findlay Architects have been commissioned to undertake a Feasibility Master plan for the York Art Gallery. An extraordinary carved timber arched roof space over the main gallery, designed by Edward Taylor in 1870, had been sealed off since the 1950s. Following its rediscovery, Ushida Findlay have been appointed to reveal this incredible space to the public.

Ushida Findlay - Key Projects


2010 Master Plan, York Art Gallery, UK
2009 Park Houses, Preston, UK post planning
2008 Poolhouse 2, Bucks, UK
2007 The Hill, Arts and Culture Proposal, Tower Hill, London for 2012 Olympics, London concept
2004 Hotel Puerta America, Madrid, hotel interior
2004 Maggies Centre, Wishaw, UK
2004 Granton Strand, Edinburgh, UK
2004 Plymouth University Faculty of Arts & Humanities Building, runner up
2003 Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, UK, competition winner
2002 Stade Maritime Visitors Centre, Hastings, UK, competition winner
2001 Grafton New Hall Country House, Cheshire, UK, competition winner
2001 Poolhouse 1, UK
1999 Homes for the Future, Glasgow, UK
1999 Hopton Street loft residential interior, Thames, London, UK
1997 Financial Times Millennium Bridge Competition, London, UK shortlisted
1994 House for the Third Millenium, London, UK


2009 Sidra Island, Self Shading Tower, Qatar, concept
2008 Beach Palace for Wife of HH The Emir, Qatar
2004 Museum of National Textiles and Costumes, Qatar – pre tender
2004 Art Foundation and Official Residence, Culture Ministry, Qatar - on site


2001 Kasahara Culture and Amenity Centre, UK
1998 Billiard Hall & House, Nagoya, Japan
1998 Kumamoto Artpolis Park Management Office, Kumamoto, Japan
1997 Polyphony House, Osaka, Japan
1995 Housing Prototype 1, Osaka, Japan
1994 Soft and Hairy House, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki, Japan
1994 Kaizankyo company villa, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
1994 Spiral Wall House, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
1993 Chiaroscuro House, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Truss Wall House, Machida-city, Tokyo, Japan
1991 Vertical Horizon, Tokyo, Japan
1990 Yokohama Sportsman Club, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
1989 Echo Chamber, Tokyo, Japan
1989 Park Museum City, Japan

Highgate House - Ushida Findlay Architects

Ushida Findlay architectural links

Ushida Findlay Architects official corporate website

Kathryn Findlay interviewed about Poolhouse architecture

Kathryn Findlay Research projects blog

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