Japan: Archipelago of the House

First exhibition in Australia to focus on Japanese domestic architecture to open in Adelaide. 

Japan – Archipelago of the House is an exhibition of contemporary Japanese architecture focused on the category of the house – at once the most iconic and the most approachable of the multi-faceted contributions that Japan has made to the discipline of architecture. In contrast to a commonly encountered approach toward Japanese architecture that presents built works as perfected aesthetic creations isolated from their ordinary surroundings, this exhibition aims to situate the architecture of contemporary dwelling in Japan as embedded within its various contexts – historical, urban, environmental, and social.

With original content prepared by a French curatorial team resident in or with links to Japan, the French version of the exhibition has travelled to a variety of locations in Europe since 2014, cumulatively receiving over 90,000 visitors. A new presentation of the materials was shown in Japan in 2017.

The first English-language iteration of this exhibition, organised by A/Prof Julian Worrall of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, will be exhibited at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery at the University of South Australia’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in Adelaide. This version of the show will be presented with newly-built display elements and include scale models built by students.

The show is open to the public from 5 September – 3 October 2018. A presentation and panel discussion, moderated by A/Prof Julian Worrall, and featuring curators and architects visiting from Japan (Manuel Tardits; Daisuke Sugawara; Jun Yanagisawa) will be held at the Hawke Centre on 11 September 2018.  Register here: Japan – Archipelago of the House.

Initiating Curators: Véronique Hours (Architect, Nice, Fabien Mauduit (Architect, Nice), Jéremie Souteyrat (Photographer, London), Prof Manuel Tardits (Architect, Tokyo)

Adelaide Organiser: A/Prof Julian Worrall, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide

Supporters: The Japan Foundation, The School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia, The Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter).

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