Wells Coates: From Japan to MARS




As part of the Asia House Architecture Asia series, Dr Elizabeth Darling will talk about Tokyo-born Canadian architect Wells Coates (1895-1958) whose buildings, which include the iconic Isokon building in Hampstead, London are some of the most distinctive of the Modern Movement in British architecture. In his contemporary writings, Coates was keen to attribute the development of his architectural language to the fact that he had been born and brought up in Japan, leaving only in 1913.

In this talk Dr Darling will show how Coates synthesised particular Japanese motifs such as the shoji (Japanese paper room divider) and the tokonama (built in recessed space) and what he described as ‘the visual sense of the Japanese’ with the most modern of materials. Coates is one of the pioneers of the Modern Movement in British architecture, founding one of the most important artistic movements of the period, Modern Architectural Research Group (MARS). 

Duration 27 October 2015 - 07 October 2015
Times 18.45 - 21.00
Cost £8 General, £6 Concessions
Venue Asia House
Address 63 New Cavendish Street London W1G7LP, ,
Contact 02073075454 / enquiries@asiahouse.co.uk / asiahouse.org/events/wells-coates-japan-mars/

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