Contemporary Architecture of Japan

Koichi Ed. S. Ed. Koichi Ed. S. Suzuki, Author, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Author, Rizzoli, Author
Koichi Ed. S. Ed. Koichi Ed. S. Suzuki, Author, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Author, Rizzoli, Author Rizzoli International Publications $45 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8478-0649-2
Reviewed on: 11/01/1985
Release date: 11/01/1985
Illustrated by more than 600 photographs and plans, this survey looks at the schools and styles of Japanese architecture, their cross-fertilization with Western architects, and the way that Japanese building design has preserved its uniqueness despite Post-Modernist imports and the dominance of big construction companies. Japan's Metabolist Group of the 1950s and '60s treated the building as a living organism. As its influence waned, Japanese architects turned to historical quotations, regional styles and ""small is beautiful'' projects. They also created sleek high-rise buildings that managed to remain distinctly Japanese, like the conspicuous Sony Tower in Osaka, a sort of urban tree with glass-enclosed elevators. This showcase of talent spotlights many ingenious buidings that fuse old and new, East and West. An egg-shaped dome, built as a weekend retreat in the woods, adapts Fuller's geodesic dome. A Shinto temple opens into a massive cylindrical interior. An exciting book for anyone with an interest in either Japan or architecture. December
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