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The Bar­bican is bring­ing the best ex­am­ples of Ja­panese do­mes­tic ar­chi­tec­ture to Lon­don this sea­son, and we can’t wait

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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).

Clock­wise from left Sou Fu­ji­moto’s House NA, Tokyo (2011). Hideyuki Nakayama’s O House, Ky­oto (2009). Terunobu Fu­ji­mori’s Chashitsu Tetsu (Tetsu Tea­house; 2005) ➤

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