The architectural firm, New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL) was founded by Hiroshi Sugimoto in 2008, together with Tomoyuki Sakakida, partner architect and director of NMRL. In spite of its name, New Material Research Laboratory examines not only common materials and techniques in contemporary architecture, but also those from ancient and medieval times. NMRL then undertakes the challenge of reinterpreting and reimagining the use of these materials in the present. NMRL s goal is to preserve and transmit almost-forgotten techniques, improving upon them so they can be employed in a modern setting. NMRL stands against standardized and superficial construction materials and is dedicated to utilizing traditional materials that require the spirit and skills of true artisans. Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida excel in working on bold architectural designs that incorporate traditional materials, eschewing current architectural trends.