Ja 117: Kunio Maekawa

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Issue 117 of JA features Kunio Maekawa (1905-1986). Kunio Maekawa closely intertwined both modernism and Japanese-ness in his architecture, and worked to establish the identity of Japanese architecture in the context of modernism.

Based on the ideas of the Belgian architect and guest editor Hera Van Sande, this issue approaches Kunio Maekawa’s work from the following four aspect:

  • First, the influence of Le Corbusier’s ideas on Maekawa in terms of modernism.
  • Secondly, the sublimating of the spatial characteristics inherent in traditional Japanese architecture into Maekawa’s own architecture.
  • Thirdly, Maekawa’s advocating of the transcendence of modernism and localism. Finally, the liberating design approach that Maekawa arrived at, which creates a natural and peaceful space.

These are introduced through four essays by Van Sande, who has written extensively on the subject, a conversation with Hiroshi Matsukuma, and 22 of Maekawa’s architecture projects.


Introduction: With regard to Kunio Maekawa, Hera Van Sande

Dialogue: Meaning of Maekawa's work, Hiroshi Matsukuma, Hera Van Sande

Essay: Importance of Le Corbusier, Hera Van Sande

  • Kimura Industrial Laboratory
  • Morinaga Candy Store Ginza Shop (Remodeling)
  • Moriya House
  • Maekawa Residence
  • PREMOS: Prefabricated Housing
  • Kinokuniya Bookstore

Essay: Kunio Maekawa in pursuit of a proper Japanese identity – space as main generator, Hera Van Sande, Yves Schoonjans

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Library and Music Hall
  • MID Building
  • The International House of Japan
  • Fukushima Education Center
  • Harumi Apartments

Essay: Reaching a synthesis in the Japanese pavilion, Expo '58 Brussels, Hera Van Sande

  • Japanese Pavilion Expo '58 Burssels
  • Kyoto Hall
  • Tokyo Metoropolitan Festival Hall
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center
  • Kinokuniya Building
  • Janome Sewing Machine Building

Essay: Towards a liberated design approach, Hera Van Sande

  • Saitama Prefectural Museum
  • Tokio Marine Building
  • Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art
  • National Museum of Western Art New Wing
  • Hirosaki Municipal Crematorium

The Death of Public Architecture: – A Requiem for Kunio Maekawa, Toyo Ito (Reprint from Jutaku Kenchiku, September 1986

Auteur Hera Van Sande
Uitgever Shinkenchiku-sha
Serie The Japan Architect, vol. 117
Taal Japans en Engels  
Jaar van uitgave 2020
Afmetingen 22 x 30 cm
Kenmerken Softcover, 184 pagina's, illustraties in kleur en zwart wit
ISBN 4910051330505