Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

Style & Design May 30, 2015

Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In the 1960s, architect Kazuo Shinohara made a famous comment in Shinkenchiku magazine: "Residence is art. ... Residence should be outside of what is believed as architecture, it should rather be considered as a form of art, like paintings and sculptures." A bold statement ...

Tange's indispensable contacts

Style & Design Feb 12, 2015

Tange's indispensable contacts

by John L. Tran

If you've ever had the opportunity to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in the Shinjuku Park Tower — I haven't, but I know someone who has — you'll know how looking down from the 52nd floor on the silent city from the ...

Japan's fertile architectural evolution

Style & Design Jan 30, 2015

Japan's fertile architectural evolution

by Julian Worrall

Today, Japanese contemporary architecture enjoys an outstanding international reputation, but the story of its emergence to a position of such accomplishment and acclaim has not yet been told comprehensively. A pair of exhibitions at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa presents a ...

Taking flight with Arata Isozaki

Art Dec 11, 2014

Taking flight with Arata Isozaki

by C.B. Liddell

I once almost got to interview the architect Arata Isozaki, but it was canceled due to his ill health at the time. No doubt a consideration in the cancelation was the fact that interviews with him can go to extreme lengths, as Isozaki has ...

'Architecture for Dogs'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Dec 11, 2014

'Architecture for Dogs'

by Jordan Sievers

Despite dogs being "man's best friend," we rarely design our world around the happiness of our pets. Under the direction of designer Kenya Hara, this exhibition seeks to address such pet needs and explore new perceptions of modern architecture — to the scale of canine ...

Hadid remains at the center of controversy

Style & Design | ON: ARCHITECTURE Nov 28, 2014

Hadid remains at the center of controversy

Exhibitions can have consequences, often unintended. Initially inspired by Zaha Hadid's competition win in 2012 for the New National Stadium of Japan, the current exhibition at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery has unfolded against a backdrop of controversy swirling around the architect's proposal. By ...

A modern annex for an old favorite

Art Nov 28, 2014

A modern annex for an old favorite

by C.B. Liddell

I always feel a little inadequate arriving at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, shambling up its gravel drive in my slovenly journalist garb and running one hand over my face to check if I've shaved that day. It's such an elegant venue that ...