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HOUSES WE WANT TO SEE

We went to see the exhibition “Legendary Houses in Postwar Japan” curated by Taro Igarashi at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama. Some really inspiring houses we wished we could see the real life versions of.

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KYOTO: THE OLD IS THE CONSTANT NEW?

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NISHINOYAMA HOUSE

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INUJIMA IMAGES

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TESHIMA AS IT IS

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With less art, Teshima feels more as it is. You can enjoy the rustic atmosphere of the countryside.

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You can imagine people casually dining on platforms under this low sweeping roof made of timber shingles held together with appropriate casualness by wires and pipes.

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Cultivated rice fields: the locals are proud that they still produce their own rice.

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Nishizawa’s amazing museum:

he  draws  you  to  walk  along  a  simple  narrow  concrete  path  through  near  views  of  green  terraces     the  closeness of trees  and  expansive   views   of   the   sea  before  coming  into  one  single  large  varying  water – droplet  shaped  volume      where  walls  and  roof  are  one  same  smooth seamless as  it  is  concrete     as  the  path  you  have  treaded  on  in  order  to     not  distract  from  what  is  at  hand :  the  freedom  for  human  bodies  to  move  around    experience    be  with      be  a  part  of  the  art  work  –  magnified  sounds  and  sight  of  delicate  water  drops  joining    breaking    flowing  into  tiny  holes  interjected  by  occasional  cries  of  birds  and  breeze  in  trees  and  muffled  human  sounds.  This  total  experience  is  the  architecture.  A  truly  magnificent  work  that  shows  you  how  to  enjoy  this  island  as  it  is.

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