Designing Home: Masterpiece Houses from NAMA’s Collection 1940-1975

Designing Home: Masterpiece Houses from NAMA’s Collection 1940-1975

2021.12.29[Mon.]-2022.1.4[Tue.]:End of the year and New Year holidays
Closed on Mondays,but Jan.10th is opened as public holiday.
Open hours 10:00~16:30

Designing Home:
Masterpiece Houses from NAMA’s Collection 1940-1975


“Designing Home: Masterpiece Houses from NAMA’s Collection 1940-1975” was end.


List of exhibited works(PDF)

List of exhibited works (1.18-2.13)(PDF)

List of exhibited works (12.14-1.16)(PDF)

     The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teleworking and changes in family life, and the idea of home itself is also beginning to change. Our idea of home was formed on the basis of various approaches to housing from the postwar reconstruction period to the period of rapid economic growth in the early 1970’s. Various “homes” were conceived in response to major changes in social conditions, including the concentration of population in cities, increasing demands for the ownership of single family homes, the shift to nuclear families, people’s desire for modern and stylish living spaces and so on. Based on these ideas, the design of “home” have undergone significant and diverse development since the late 1970’s, and today it is a key field that underpins Japan’s architectural culture.
     This exhibition organized by the National Archives of Modern Architecture (NAMA) will focus on some of the projects that laid the groundwork for these ideas of “home.” We will feature materials from NAMA’s collection that illustrate the ideas of home from the mid-war and post-war reconstruction period to the mid-1970’s, aiming to bring back to life the exploration and development of housing in Japan in a vivid and easy-to-understand manner.

Organization:Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Support:Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
Venue:National Archives of Modern Architecture, Agency for Cultural Affairs 4-6-15 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8553, Japan
Tel: 03-3812-3401 Fax: 03-3812-3407
Period:December 7th (Tue.) ~ March 6th (Sun.)(December 27th (Mon.) ~ January 4th (Tue.): New Year Holiday), closed on Mondays, except Jan.10th is opened as public holiday.
Planning:National Archives of Modern Architecture, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Chapter Summary

Chapter 1: Fusion of Traditional Japanese Wooden Houses and Modernism
Chapter 1 will showcase various responses to the challenge of incorporating design elements of modern architecture (frame structure, pilotis, rooftop garden, free plan, atrium, simple geometry) into the expression of traditional Japanese wood construction.
Mayekawa Kunio, Mayekawa House: 1942
Tatsumura House, Sakakura Junnzo: 1942
Tange House, Tange Kenzo: 1953
Maekawa Kunio, Fujimigaoka Clubhouse: 1954
Residence for Chairman of the House of Representatives, Kishida Hideto: 1961
Takagaki House, Takahashi Teichi: 1962

Chapter 2: Toward Mass Production and Housing Complexes
Chapter 2 will introduce various efforts to solve the housing shortage in Japan during and after World War II and ingenious approaches to the development of housing complexes, and explore the trajectory that has shaped the basic framework of modern Japanese housing.
Sakakura Associates architects and engineers, War Assembling Architecture: 1942
Kunio Mayekawa, Premos: 1948
Kunio Mayekawa, Hua Hsing Commercial Bank Shanghai Domitories: 1939
Otaka Masato, Sakaide Artificial Ground: 1962

Chapter 3: Urbanization and Creative Explorations of Living Spaces
Cities and people’s lifestyles in Japan are undergoing drastic changes due to the rapid concentration of population. Chapter 3 will look at various explorations of the idea of home that were conceived in response to such drastic changes.
Kikutake Kiyonori, Skyhouse: 1958~
Kikutake Kiyonori, Inoue House: 1955
Yoshizaka Takamasa, Yoshizaka House: 1955
Sakakura Associates architects and engineers, Niki House: 1962
Hara Hiroshi, Hara House: 1974

About monthly futures

Exhibits of the special exhibition corner are changed every month, and about ten important drawings per project are displayed.
Dec. 14th, 2021 to Jan. 16th, 2022: Sakakura Junzo
Jan. 18th, 2022 to Feb. 13th, 2022: Mayekawa Kunio
Feb. 15th, 2022 to Mar. 13th, 2022: Kikutake Kiyonori



It is distributed at the corner of exit. You can take it one by one. In addition to this, we are not planning to reprint it.



Please note that due to the closure of the former Iwasaki-tei garden, the only entrance to the garden is at the main gate of the Yushima local government office complex.


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