SAKAKURA Junzo Archive

These are materials on SAKAKURA Junzo and Sakakura Junzo Architects and Engineers, including architectural design drawings and documents, photographs, sketches, and personal records on SAKAKURA. The archives hold more than 30,000 drawings, including many photographic materials, sketches, various materials on publishing and exhibition projects, and company records. Materials for Tokyo and Osaka offices up to around 1970 are covered exhaustively.


SAKAKURA Junzo entered the First Higher School in 1920. He graduated from the Art History Department, Faculty of Letters of Tokyo Imperial University, majoring in art history. He went to France in 1929 and studied at École Spéciale des Travaux Publics (school of civil engineering). He studied under Le Corbusier from 1931 to 1936. He came back to Japan in 1936 but revisited France for the construction of the Japan Pavilion at the Expo held in Paris. In 1940, he opened his own architectural office. The name was changed to Sakakura Junzo Architects and Engineers in 1946. He became an overseas emeritus member of the American Institute of Architects in 1966.

Major Works

  • 1937 Paris International Exposition Japan Pavilion
  • 1941 Iihashi House
  • 1951 Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (Current Tsurugaoka Museum, Kamakura)
  • 1955 International House of Japan, Collaborated with Mayekawa Kunio, YOSHIMURA Junzo
  • 1957 Tokyu Bunka Kaikan
  • 1959 Hashima City Hall
    Silk Center
  • 1960 Ueno City Culture Center
  • 1961 Shionogi Research Laboratory
  • 1962 Kure Municipal Culture Center
  • 1964 Hiraoka City Office (Current Higashiosaka City Office, Asahi-machi branch)
    Iwate Broadcasting Building
  • 1966 West Side Plaza of Shinjuku Railway Station
  • 1967 Gifu Municipal Culture Center
    Osaka Comprehensive Outdoor Activity Center for Young People
  • 1970 Shibuya Station West Building

Past Exhibitions in NAMA

  • une architecture pour l’homme, Junzo Sakakura in Architectural Documents, 2013
    contents Paris International Exposition Japan Pavilion, Iihashi Hous, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (Current Tsurugaoka Museum, Kamakura), Tokyu Bunka Kaikan, Hashima City Hall, Silk Center, Shionogi Research Laboratory.
  • Le Corbusier and Japan With a Focus on the Three Apprentices who Built the National Museum of Western Art, 2015
    Contents Wartime prefabricated Architecture, Tokyo City War Memorial Tower, Paris International Exposition Japan Pavilion, Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Wakayama, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (Current Tsurugaoka Museum, Kamakura).
  • Recent Acquisitions and Collection Highlights 2017
    Contents Idemitsu Filling Stations and Related Facilities.
  • Collection Showcase 2018 From Architecture to Urbanism 1945-1970 Perspectives on Urban Design in the Postwar Era, 2018
    Contents Shibuya Project, Ueno Comprehensive Plan, Shinjuku Project.
  • Museums by Japanese Architects 1940s -1980s: Origins and Trajectories, 2020
    Contents Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (Current Tsurugaoka Museum, Kamakura), Electric Power Pavilion of EXPO ’70.
  • Designing Home : Masterpiece Houses from NAMA’s Collection 1940-1975, 2021
    Contents Tatsumura House, Wartime prefabricated Architecture, Niki House.