the Japanese House:
Architecture and Life after 1945
Mar - Jun 2017
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

It 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. The exhibition features over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects such as Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA) and Kenzo Tange; to exciting figures little known outside of Japan including Osamu Ishiyama, Kazunari Sakamoto and Kazuo Shinohara and young rising stars such as Hideyuki Nakayama and Chie Konno. The Japanese House presents some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. The exhibition also incorporates film and photography in order to cast a new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.
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Tea House team 
Terunobu Fujimori, Takeshi Hayatsu
Kingston Unit 5 students 
Elle Bytautaite, Madoka Ellis, Vivian Goncalves, Salah Krichen, Jenifer Ly, Nima Taghizoghi, Gemma Thompson, Benjamin Tynegate, Matthew Wynn, Tareq Arafat, Zachariah Chapman, Pablo Feito Boirac, Tiago Manetti, Ivan Markovic, Najim Marufi, Jonathan Rees, Guy Thomson, Etienne Wijnen
Kingston product design students 
Sammi Cherryman, Minsu Kim, Qili Chen, Sabrina Li
Kingston bronze casting students 
Nargiz Abasova, Jamie De Linares Florido, Serina Harb, Ryan Huxford, Mufaddal Nagree, Peter James
​​​​​​​Kingston support staff 
Jim Reed, Kingston 3D Workshop, Carl Clerkin
Structural engineer 
Price & Myers (George Reed & David Darby)
Barbican team 
Florence Ostende, Lucy Styles, Luke Naessens, Peter Sutton, Bruce Stacy, Hattie Spires
Weald and Downland Living Museum 
Lucy Hockley
The Process
Stemming from the Holes project, a ceramic hearth was created in collaboration with Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and it was exhibited at the Barbican Centre.
The making technique was developed through the preparation, using clay slip to glue each clay-soaked sponge blocks. After glueing, blocks were stacked and then fired in the kiln. After firing, organic texture has crafed by hand.
A short film documenting the work of Terunobu Fujimori as he collaborates with students from Kingston University in the construction of his Tea House, for The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 exhibition at the Barbican. Film by Ben Tynegate.
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