“The Japanese House. Architecture & Life after 1945” at the Barbican Centre

Featuring over 40 architects from renowned masters and contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.


Toyo Ito. Silver Hut, 1984 © Tomio Ohashi

Toyo Ito. Silver Hut, 1984 © Tomio Ohashi


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.


“Invisible architecture” at Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese

The museum, located in the former orange shed of Villa Borghese Park in Rome, addresses the founding topics of contemporary practice through the eyes of the Japanese and Italian avant-garde movements from the 60’s and 70’s.


UFO. Urboeffimeri, Photo, 1968 (Lapo Binazzi) © Museo Carlo Bilotti

UFO. Urboeffimeri, Photo, 1968 (Lapo Binazzi) © Museo Carlo Bilotti


Fifty years passed from the explosion of two fundamental phenomena of the architectural avant-garde that made their debut in an age of change, revolution, and hope. Metabolist in Japan and Radicals in Italy, though in very different cultural and traditional contexts, developed parallel experiences by sharing the themes of investigation and languages, and by producing extraordinary consequences on contemporary architecture.

Starting from January 19 an exhibition at Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, Italy will offer an original survey through works produced in this very special context. The event is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. (more…)

“Carlo Scarpa and Japan” a focus on the relationship between the Italian master and Japanese culture

Coinciding with the major exhibition that MAXXI is dedicating to the Japanese house, the “Carlo Scarpa and Japan” exhibition, based on a detailed research of Elena Tinacci, takes us on a journey in which projects, photographs and even unpublished documents tell the story behind of the many connections between Scarpa and Japan.


Carlo Scarpa, Ingresso della mostra su Frank Lloyd Wright © MAXXI

Carlo Scarpa, Ingresso della mostra su Frank Lloyd Wright © MAXXI


There are many references to the Japanese culture and traditions in the work by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa: the shapes and materials used in the “Padiglione del Libro“, the entrance structure to the Gardens of the Venice Biennale, the designs for his many exhibition stands, like the one for the Mondrian exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, the essential linearity in the design of outdoor spaces as the courtyard of the Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice, with layers of water in which its architecture is reflected, or the Brion Tomb itself. (more…)

“The Japanese House. Architecture & Life after 1945” at MAXXI

Tradition and innovation: MAXXI’s new exhibition showcases over 50 Japanese architects’ interpretation of a home, recounting an entire culture’s approach to housing.


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

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


In the Japan devastated by the Second World War and economically incapable of planning large-scale public settlements, the cities slowly transformed into vital, apparently disordered and continually expanding entities in which small single-family dwellings were built, demolished and reconstructed without pause. (more…)

Utopian and science-fiction constructions at “Anime Architecture” exhibition at Tchoban Foundation

The new temporary exhibition at the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin shows original drawings from renowned Japanese animation films. The show focuses on a selection of superb renderings of urban architecture made for the screen.


Concept design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) Pencil on paper, 176 × 250 mm Illustrator: Takashi Watabe Copyright: © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD

Concept design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) Pencil on paper, 176 × 250 mm Illustrator: Takashi Watabe Copyright: © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD


In drawings for the films Patlabor (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence (2004), the megalopolis skyline is seen to be crushing in on what remains of traditional wooden housing. Industrial sites with endless labyrinths of cables and piping and utopian science-fiction constructions form backdrops for the dynamic film plots. Since the films Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), Japanese anime has secured its place in international pop culture, attracting a growing public in Europe. (more…)

ARCHI DEPOT TOKYO: the architectural models of 41 Japanese designers on display at the Milan Triennale

Now on display at the Milan Triennale, these architectural models by the 41 major Japanese designers represent the deepest spirit of an architectural culture alive among avant-garde and memory.


Takaharu TEZUKA Yui TEZUKA © Fondazione Archi Depot

Takaharu TEZUKA Yui TEZUKA © Fondazione Archi Depot


The Foundation Archi Depot (Organization for the preservation of the culture of architecture) was established in 2015 by companies Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center to preserve architectural models and drawings of Japanese culture. The main purpose of the foundation is to preserve and show to  the public the architectural models that, even today, play an important role in spreading the thought of architects. (more…)

“Japon, l’archipel de la maison” on housing and density at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine Paris

At the time of debate on the redensification of cities in the fight against urban sprawl, this Japanese reflection on the position of the house in the territory is also ours, every day, in a constant search of urban quality.


Maison KN par Kochi Architect's Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat

Maison KN par Kochi Architect’s Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat


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. (more…)