“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.

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“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…)