Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation

2018.4.25 [Wed] - 9.17 [Mon]

Traditional Japanese architecture is well-known for its high cultural value and heavy influence on such important 20th-century architects as Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruno Taut. The young Wright first came into contact with traditional Japanese spaces at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, which led him to discover his approach to space for 20th-century architecture and establish his own original style. In Japan, the likes of Tange Kenzo, Taniguchi Yoshio and Kuma Kengo have achieved remarkable international acclaim for their work reinterpreting traditions in their search for new architectural possibilities. In fact, a number of Japanese architects have won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred as the Nobel Prize of architecture. The source for this international attention on contemporary Japanese architecture is what we call the genes of Japanese architecture, which have been inherited for centuries and continue to exert a latent influence.
Through rare materials, models and interactive installations, “Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation” comparatively analyzes both the historical as well as modern and contemporary architecture of Japan, presenting an unprecedented array of displays exploring the nation’s architectural expression. Against a backdrop of the increasing global homogenization of architecture today, such an overview of Japanese architecture from a historical perspective provides a superb opportunity for considering the originality of cities and the future of architecture.

D.T. Suzuki Museum
Yoshio Taniguchi and Associates
Kanazawa, Japan
Photo: Kitajima Toshiharu
Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall
Tange Associates
Kagawa, Japan
Photo: Ichikawa Yasushi
Photo courtesy: Kagawa Prefecture
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