​The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

04 MAR 2017

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

23 March 2017 - 25 June 2017

Art Gallery

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. Featuring over 40 architects, ranging from 

renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects to 

exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most 

ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.

At the heart of the exhibition is an ambitious and unprecedented full-size recreation of the 

Moriyama House (2005) by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA).

Visitors can weave in and out of the fully furnished units and garden, experiencing the 

remarkable house of Mr Moriyama in an immediate and physical way. Filling the other half of 

the Barbican’s lower galleries will be an eccentric and lovingly crafted Japanese tea house,

 commissioned for the exhibition from acclaimed architect, and highly respected historian of 

Japanese architecture, Terunobu Fujimori.

Considering developments in residential architecture in the light of important shifts in the 

Japanese economy, urban landscape, and family structure, the exhibition features over 200 

works including rarely seen architectural models and drawings, photography and films, in 

order to cast a new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 is curated by Florence Ostende

(Barbican Centre, London), in collaboration with Pippo Ciorra (MAXXI, National Museum of 

the 21st Century Arts, Rome). The Chief Advisor is Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-

Wow/Tokyo Institute of Technology). The Academic Advisor is Hiroyasu Fujioka (Professor 

Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology). The exhibition designer is Lucy Styles. The 

Fujimori tea-house is designed by Terunobu Fujimori in collaboration with architect Takeshi 

Hayatsu and built by students from Kingston University. 

The exhibition is co-organised by the Japan Foundation and the Barbican Centre and co-

produced by the Japan Foundation, the Barbican Centre, MAXXI National Museum of the 

21st Century Arts, Rome and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The project was initially 

conceived in Tokyo by Kenjiro Hosaka (MOMAT) and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. 


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Students/14-17: £10

Young Barbican: £5 (no booking fee)

Art Fund Members: £12

Under 14s: Free

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