Exploring the Significance of Villa Projects and Solo Houses of Japanese Architects

Fostering
Architectural
Innovations:
Exploring the Significance of Villa Projects and Solo Houses of Japanese Architects

In 2015, the Archi-Depot Tokyo exhibition took the Triennale di Milano by storm, showcasing the models of 41 Japanese architects. This groundbreaking exhibition provided a unique perspective on an architectonic culture that thrives between the avant-garde and the past. Looking back at this event, it is essential to highlight the significance of the villa projects and solo houses that were exhibited. These architectural marvels played a pivotal role in sparking dialogues and conversations about architectural inventions. A number of contemporary Japanese architects will participate to honor Arata Isozaki's wish at the third MA Exhibition in Iran 2023-24. The Villa Magazine's editorial board will be engaged in discourses, interviews, and documentaries with renowned architects and professors such as Ruye Sejima, Shigeru Ban, Jun Aoki, Mokoto Sei Watanabe, Riichi Miyake, and more. This collaboration with Archi-Depot Tokyo and the Japan Foundation aims to explore the profound impact of villa projects in fostering architectural innovations and stimulating meaningful conversations.


All images © Archi Depot Foundation

BACKGROUND:

The Archi Depot Foundation (Organization for the Conservation of the Culture of Architecture) was founded in 2015 by Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center companies, to safeguard and conserve the models and designs of Japanese architectonic culture. The primary objective of the foundation is to conserve and present to the general public architectonic models that still play an important role in the transmission of the architects’ vision and thoughts to the public at large.

Architects included:

Hitoshi ABE,  Shigeru BAN,  Manabu CHIBA,  Masaki ENDOH, Teppei FUJIWARA,Tetsuo FURUICHI,  Masahiro HARADA + Mao HARADA,  Akihisa HIRATA,  Kotaro IDE, Kumiko INUI,  Arata ISOZAKI,  Setsu ITO+Shinobu ITO,  Atsushi KITAGAWARA, Koh KITAYAMA,  Kazuhiro KOJIMA + Kazuko AKAMATSU,  Eijiro KOSUGI + Aya UTSUMIE, Kazumi KUDO + Hiroshi HORIBA,   Kengo KUMA,  Norisada MAEDA,  Takenori MIURA, Hiroshi NAITO,  Toshiharu NAKA,  Ryuji NAKAMURA,  Akio NAKASA, Manabu NAYA + Arata NAYA,  Osamu NISHIDA + Erika NAKAGAWA,  Satoshi OKADA, Kijo ROKKAKU, Mitsuhiko SATO,  Eizo SHIINA,  Ryoji SUZUKI,  Mikio TAI,  Ippei TAKAHASHI,  Makoto TAKEI, Takaharu TEZUKA + Yui TEZUKA,  Hiroyuki UNEMORI, Tomoyuki UTSUMI, Makoto Sei WATANABE, Makoto Shin WATANABE + Yoko KINOSHITA,  Riken YAMAMOTO, Ken YOKOGAWA 

 

 

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