The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
An estimated 4.2 million houses were ruined in Japan during World War 2, causing a critical post war housing shortage. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 examines how Japan dealt with this immediate crisis and presents many extraordinary, and internationally influential, modern and contemporary architectural designs built there over the past 70 years.
More than 200 exhibits, relating to houses designed by over 40 Japanese architects across seven decades, are displayed thematically and semi-chronologically in bays opening off two sides of the gallery’s double-height void. They comprise scale models in different media, drawings, photographs, many taken by unknown photographers for Shinkenchiku (distributed internationally as The Japanese Architect), and popular Japanese films portraying domestic dramas.