The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945




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.

In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought an urgent need for new housing, and the single family house quickly became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. In the years following, Japanese architects have consistently used their designs to propose radical critiques of society and innovative solutions to changing lifestyles. Considering developments in residential architecture in the light of important shifts in the Japanese economy, urban landscape, and family structure, The Japanese House presents some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. As well as architectural projects, the exhibition incorporates cinema, photography and art in order to cast new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.

Duration 23 March 2017 - 25 June 2017
Times Sat–Wed: 10am–6pm Thu–Fri: 10am–9pm
Cost Adult £14.50 concessions apply Free to members
Venue Barbican Art Gallery
Address Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Contact / art@barbican.org.uk / www.barbican.org.uk

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