The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican

This exhibition looks great. I encountered the Moriyama House in an article many years ago – it must have been soon after it was built – and it really blew my mind. I remember pouring over the few pages trying to ‘walk’ through it and figure out how the different spaces interconnected. It changed my thinking radically about passage and space and how architecture is performative.

It is slightly kooky that they have ‘recreated’ the house in the gallery… I would really like to experience it! But I also think this under-glass version cannot possibly be like the original in terms of experience. It touches on what architecture really is I suppose – does the art survive independently from its function?

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