The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945


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Opening 23 March 2017 at Barbican Art Gallery, The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought an urgent need for new housing, and the single family house quickly became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. In the years following, Japanese architects have consistently used their designs to propose radical critiques of society and innovative solutions to changing lifestyles. Considering developments in residential architecture in the light of important shifts in the Japanese economy, urban landscape, and family structure, The Japanese House presents some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. As well as architectural projects, the exhibition incorporates cinema, photography and art in order to cast new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.

Architects include: Takefumi Aida , Atelier Bow-Wow , Takamitsu Azuma, dot architects, Go Hasegawa, Itsuko Hasegawa , Hiromi Fujii, Terunobu Fujimori , Sou Fujimoto, Ikimono Architects, Kumiko Inui, Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Yuusuke Karasawa , Kiyonori Kikutake, Chie Konno, Kisho Kurokawa, Kiko Mozuna, Hideyuki Nakayama, Kazuhiko Namba, Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), Keisuke Oka , onishimaki + hyakudayuki architects, Antonin Raymond, Junzo Sakakura, Kazunari Sakamoto , Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA), Kazuo Shinohara , Seiichi Shirai, Kenzo Tange, Tezuka Architects , Riken Yamamoto , Junzo Yoshumira , Takamasa Yoshizaka and others.

Below: Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011.
Photo by Iwan Baan

Below: Terunobu Fujimori, Leek House, 1997. Photo by Akihisa Masuda
Below: Office of Ryue Nishizawa, Moriyama House, 2005
© Takashi Homma