The Barbican celebrates Japanese domestic architecture

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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, presented at the Barbican in London focuses on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the 1945 to today. This ambitious exhibition explores 70 rich years’ worth of Japanese domestic architecture and design. Considering developments in residential architecture in the light of radical changes in Japanese history and economy, the show features over 200 works including rarely seen architectural plans, models, photography and films, in order to cast a new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture. Curated by Florence Ostende (Barbican Centre, London), in collaboration with Pippo Ciorra (MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome), highlights include Terunobu Fujimori’s Leek House with its roof studded with chives, a recreation of the Moriyama House (2005) by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa to Sou Foujimoto Architects’s tree inspired house in Tokyo.

Image: recreation of the Moriyama House (2005) by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa