[2009] Fujii Koji exhibition

On Christmas Eve (Thursday, 24th) I visited the Fujii Koji exhibition mainly about his masterpiece 'Chochikukyo' at the Takenaka HQ. The building reminded very much of Arts and Crafts or Jugenstil buildings, as it employed similar details. When I spoke with Namba Kazuhiko about the house, he mentioned that Koji met Bruno Taut and that Taut thought of Koji as a poor designer. Nevertheless, the 'Chochikukyo' features in the DOCOMOMO Japan list of 100 modernist buildings. To compare the building in its time and country some other Japanese houses were briefly introduced, here a list:

* Maekawa Kunio, Iihashi House, 1941

* Maekawa Kunio, Maekawa House, 1942

* Tsuchiura Kameki, Tsuchiura House, 1935

* Shinohara Kazuo, House in White, 1966

* Yoshimura Junzo, House in the Woods, 1962

* Frank Lloyd Wright, Hayashi Hisaku House, 1917

* Antonin Raymond, Summer House, 1933

* Horiguchi Sutemi, Koide House, 1925

* Masuzawa Makoto, Nara House, 1953

* Seike Kiyoshi, Dr. Mori House, 1951.

Added Hasegawa Go, Yamashita Yasuhiro and some projects of Inui Kumiko.

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