Yoshiji Takehara "Just as it is"

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Yoshiji Takehara is one of the few architects who reinterprets the received traditions of the spatial formation and methods of Japanese architecture to develop contemporary architectural space. With a deep understanding of the materiality of wood, stone, earth, concrete, steel and other materials, Takehara brings them to life through bold structures and precise detailing, achieving masterly spaces that blend inside and outside and marry room with room. In a career spanning thirty years, he has completed 150 works, the majority being private houses.

Takehara sums up his own design philosophy with the word "mu-u", combining the characters for existence and non-existence, and pursues an architecture that, in his words, "begins from nothing, spinning out the lineaments of place and gathering the traces of many hands, to emerge into being." To achieve this, he still hand-draws plans to deepen ideas, tests materials, pioneers new construction methods with his craftsmen, and brings out the best of their talents.

In his own house, House No.101, a work that returns to the origins of his architecture, concrete and wood are intertwined to achieve an unvarnished structural expression. In the Okawa House, a recent work, the unique appeal of wood is brought to its fullest flower though a skillful deployment of eighty different kinds of timber in irregular shapes.

The beauty of the 'naked' structures and materials of Japanese architecture, given life by the hands of contemporary craftsmen - this exhibition articulates Takehara's approach to architecture with the words "naked architecture". Visitors will be able to directly experience Takehara's architecture in the form of a construction made with 400 pieces of pure timber erected within the exhibition space. A great number of his original hand drawings are also shown, and the range of his works completed to date can be perused through the photography of Yutaka Kinumaki, who has continuously documented Takehara's work throughout his career, and though 1-to-100 scale models.

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From 2010-04-14 To 2010-06-19

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