One of Japan's most exciting architectural talents, Hironaka Ogawa, takes a drive across Shikoku, the island on which he was raised, reflecting on how the idyllic countryside has influenced his understanding of the built environment
"It's a very unique thing about the Japanese that they can have a relationship with nature without having direct contact," the 38-year-old architect Hironaka Ogawa observes. He is standing within the Sundial House, a property that he designed in 2009 in Takamatsu, not far from where he was raised. The sun is high in the sky, and from within the abode's protectively windowless four walls, he listens to the intense summery croak of cicadas outside. "It is possible to feel the season without seeing it or touching it," he says.