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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
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The current Barbican Centre exhibition

The Barbican Centre hosts The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 from 23 March to 25 June 2017. This exhibition is dedicated to Japanese architecture after 1945, showing how much Japan needed to rebuild its cities and homes after the Second World War.

It is the first time that an exhibition of this type has been organised in London. Indeed, it is a presentation of the different styles of the Japanese house and an analysis of its evolution over the years, with the contribution of forty architects and the participation of various artists, painters, and photographers in particular. You will be able to go back in time and explore some of the most important inventions and creations of modern and contemporary design.

At the heart of the exhibition is the recreation of the Moriyama House by the architect Ryue Nishizawa, consisting of a series of small units separated by a garden. You discover the rooms, a small living room, a tiny bathroom, a simple and well-ordered room, just like a doll house. Through models, photographs and films, you can see the diversity of the Japanese homes which sometimes have an unusual appearance exterior, like a house's facade resembling a face. A tea room by Terunobu Fujimori for the gallery gives a place to rest for a moment in the serenity. The link between architecture and mental order, as well as Feng Shui is also made. It even reminded me of Marie Kondo's books on methods to declutter your house and how it affects personal development.

The architecture also reflects the events of the country: anti-seismic constructions after an earthquake, habitats protecting themselves from pollution, spaces calculated to the nearest millimetre and intended to make the best use of the limited area of the country and the habitats are becoming lighter, more open to the outside world.

See this exhibition before it closes and see how the mix of old ideas and the traditional form an interesting combination that one will enjoy exploring at the Barbican Centre.
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Phone: 020 7638 4141
Where: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Cost: Standard: 14.50 Concessions: 12 Students/14-17: 10 Young Barbican: 5 (no booking fee) Art Fund Members: 12 Under 14s: Free
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