In this beautiful and perceptive book, Dana Buntrock examines, for the first time, how tradition is incorporated into contemporary Japanese architecture. Looking at the work of five architects – Fumihiko Maki, Terunobu Fujimori, Ryoji Suzuki, Kengo Kuma, and Jun Aoki – Buntrock reveals the aims influencing many wonderful works barely known in the West; the sensual side of Japanese architecture borne out of approaches often less concerned with professionalism than with people and place.
The buildings described in this book illustrate an architecture that embraces uniqueness, expressing unusual stories in the rough outlines of rammed earth and rust, and demonstrating new paths opening up for architectural practice today.
For some, these examples will offer new insight into expressions of tradition in Japanese architecture; for others, this book offers inspiration for their own efforts to assert the unique heritage of other regions around the world. Compelling, insightful and groundbreaking, this book is essential for everyone studying Japanese architecture and anyone trying to invoke narrative and tradition in contemporary design.
"Dana Buntrock has written a valuable and long-needed overview of the historic, aesthetic, and spiritual meanings attached to Japanese building materials. By taking this approach, she reveals, for instance, Fumihiko Maki's feel for traditional vernacular materials like cedar, demonstrating that much of contemporary Japanese architecture judiciously juggles past and present. 'Natural materials are garrulous,' architect Hiroshi Naito tells the author. Buntrock offers insights into how the most ancient and 'talky' materials catalyze flexible thinking in the most modern of Japan's architects." -Norman Weinstein, Architectural Record
Part 1: Black Blood Red to Palest Pink 1. Neolithic Daddy 2. Lamune Hot Springs 3. Kengo Kuma: From PoMo to Paulownia 4. Murai Museum: Subtle Setting for a Shabby Studio 5. Outlandish Amateur, Polished Professional: Comparing the Approaches of Terunobu Fujimori and Kengo Kuma Part 2: Radical Reds 6. Looking Back at Japan’s Radical Reds: Team Zoo Part 3: Reluctant Regionalists 7. Remaking the Landscape of Kotohira Shrine 8. Fumihiko Maki, Ancient Izumo and Oku 9. Jun Aoki’s Aomori Museum of Art 10. Reluctant Reds Conclusion: The Red School: From Deepest Red to Palest Shades of Pink