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The Barbican is bringing the best examples of Japanese domestic architecture to London this season, and we can’t wait
For architects, designers and pretty much anyone interested in aesthetics, Japan and its architectural output has long been held in high regard. So the fact that the Barbican is bringing the country’s best examples of domestic architecture to London is, needless to say, quite exciting. In ‘The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945’ film, photography, architectural plans and models demonstrate how several generations of Japan’s most innovative architects have created novel solutions for everything from overcrowded cities to the influx of technology.
Want to fully immerse yourself in Japanese architecture? Head downstairs, where The Barbican’s lower galleries will be hosting a full-size recreation of Tokyo’s famous Moriyama House by architect Ryue Nishizawa of design studio SANAA. The museum worked with Nishizawa to cleverly weave the structure into the Barbican’s Brutalist interior, beautifully highlighting the interaction between the two spaces. Also check out the new commission by professor and architect Terunobu Fujimori, who collaborated with the students of Kingston University to complete his biggest ever tea house. Featuring a hand-charred timber frame and white plaster interior, it will be the venue for tea ceremonies, performed throughout the day. As the first major survey of Japanese domestic architecture, this is an enlightening show that’s not to be missed. Conceptual architect Kazuo’s Shinohara’s edict that ‘a house is a work of art,’ rings true throughout. 23 March–25 June ( barbican.com).