A collaboration between the Forum of Urbanism and Architecture and the network of Maisons de l’Architecture, the exhibition “Japon, l’archipel de la maison” (“Japan, the house archipelago”) cultivates the apparent paradox to go very far (to Japan) to talk about what we have very close: housing as living space, in relation to the city that surrounds it. The Forum continues its regular reflection on the issue of living after a previous exhibition in 2014 on new forms of social housing.
Three parts punctuate the visitor’s journey:
“Houses of yesterday” documents fourteen houses designed in Japan between 1933 and 1984.
“Tokyo Houses” is a photographic stroll through the Japanese capital, which portrays the situation of these ordinary yet so unusual objects for the foreign visitor: the homes that randomly emerge along the streets.
“Houses of today” is the heart of the exhibition, a selection of around twenty new houses selected for their exemplary nature and sometimes their radicalism. They can also sometimes seem strange even in Japan. All of them create the conditions for a deep symbiosis between a place and those who live there, thanks to the fertile dialogue between architect and client. Twenty films made for the exhibition immerse us in these objects which, more than buildings, truly become extensions of the lives of those who inhabit them.
The issue of inhabiting has no boundaries, and this ambition of inventing a private world closer to oneself can also be ours.
An invitation for us to think further: the Japanese panorama does not explain to us the house as an autonomous object. Instead, it clearly reminds us the issues of answering the city or the site, urban integration or conjugation with great scenarios. At the time of the debate on re-densification of cities in the fight against urban sprawl, this reflection on the place of the house in the territory is also ours, every day, in a constant search of urban quality.
All – decidedly all – invites us to make the “lessons of Japan” our own.
“Houses of yesterday”
Antonin Raymond, Reinanzaka House (1926) / Kunio Maekawa, House Maekawa (1942) / Kiyoshi Seike, professor of House Saito (1952) / Kazuo SHINOHARA, Kugayama House (1954) / Kiyonori Kikutake, Sky House (1958) / Yoshida Isoya , House Yoshiya (1962) / Junzo Yoshimura, Retirement Karuizawa (1962) / Takamitsu Azuma House tower (1966) / Kazuo Shinohara, White House (1966) / Osamu Ishiyama, illusion Pavilion (1975) / Tadao Ando , House in Sumiyoshi (1976) / Kazuo Shinohara, House in Uehara (1976) / Riken Yamamoto, Retirement Yamakawa (1977) / Toyo Ito Silver Hut (1984)
Takeshi HOSAKA architects Room, room / Architecton, Ambi-Flux / NISSYO KOGYO Co., Sakuragaoka House / Kazuyo Sejima and Associates, in a house pruneraie / STUDIO NOA House in Inokashira / Satoshi Okada Architects, House in Wakabadai / ALX, House Tokyo / Atelier Bow-Wow, City Tour / Architecton, White base / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, House SH / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Ass., Hatchobori / ALX, in the cherry blossoms / TNA belt House / Workshop Tekuto, House Penguin / OCTOBER, Edgeyard / Workshop Takuo IIZUKA, House no kitchen / Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA / TNA House Platinum / STARPILOTS, swimmy House / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO, Cherry / Workshop Tekuto, the buried ore in the ground / Office of Ryue NISHIZAWA, Moriyama House / Yo YAMAGATA Architects, BB / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO, Rainy / Cloudy / OCTOBER, Subdivision / Keikaku Sekke Sakane, House Kudan / Architecton, Delta / Jun AOKI, House i / Kengo Kuma and Associates Plastic House / Yoritaka Hayashi Architects, House in Nakameguro / Workshop Tekuto, Lucky drops / PRIME, House Minami-Asagaya / Sou Fujimoto Architects, House H / Workshop Tekuto, In Magritte / Workshop Kino Laatikko / Niizeki Studio, Shimokitazawa
“Houses of today”
Shigeru Ban, House Vista / Takaharu Tezuka and Yui, terraces House / Jun Yanagisawa (Contemporaries), House Zaimokuza / Atelier Bow Wow, Home and Agency / ON Design A life with large openings / Kazuyasu Kochi, House KN / Kamo and Kiwako Tardits Manuel, House Kata / Daisuke Sugawara, House Kiritoushi / Kengo Kuma, House metal / Yasuhiro Yamashita (Atelier Tekuto) Boundary House / Makoto Tanijiri (Suppose Design Office), House in Chiba / Hideyuki Nakayama, House O / Kazuyo Sejima ( SANAA), House Tokyo / UID architects, House Node / Jun Igarashi, House Repository / Taira Nishizawa, House Tokyo / Mikan, House Kaneko / Yasutaka Yoshimura, House windows / Go Hasegawa, Komazawa House / i YasushHoribe, House in Izukogen
24 June – 7 September 2015
“Japon, l’archipel de la maison” (Japan, house Archipelago)
City of Architecture & Heritage
1 Place du Trocadero
Open every day except Tuesday
from 11h to 19h. Thursday until 21h
Curators and publication
Jeremiah Souteyrat. Photographer living in Tokyo, he worked for Western media and creates photographs around humans.
Tardits Manuel, Professor (Meiji University), Deputy Director of ICS College of Arts school and architect in the Mikan agency based in Yokohama.