In Ueno, at the northern end of old Tokyo, stands a relatively small concrete box, hoisted on slim columns. It is set off from the rest of the park by a wide gray plaza, demanding a solemn approach. As you near it, the flat expanse of the facade begins to differentiate itself into cladding panels, textured with pebbled aggregate. An off-center stairway juts out, a symbolic ascendance into a temple of art. The austerity of its presentation hides special, humanizing characteristics in its interior such as a characteristically Corbusian ramp that ascends to the second-floor gallery space. Built to house the collection of an early 20th-century Japanese industrialist, with special strengths in late 19th-century French art, the National Museum of Western Art employed three local architects.

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Maekawa Kunio , Maekawa also spelled Mayekawa , born May 14, , Niigata-shi, Japan—died June 27, , Tokyo , Japanese architect noted for his designs of community centres and his work in concrete.

After graduation from Tokyo University in , Maekawa studied with the architect Le Corbusier in Paris for two years. Returning to Japan , he tried in such works as Hinamoto Hall and the Dairen Town Hall to counteract the pompous style of the Japanese imperialist regime.

In the s he continued to work primarily in the style of Le Corbusier. Buildings such as the Educational Centre, Fukushima , the Harumi flats in Tokyo , and the Setagaya Community Centre in Tokyo reflect his efforts to use concrete in a manner appropriate to the material.

Beginning with the Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall , Maekawa displayed a warmer and more expansive style. In the Saitama Cultural Centre , he brought an entirely new approach to the design of community centres. Maekawa Kunio.

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Kunio Maekawa is one of the most influential Japanese modernist architects who studied in France to apprentice for Le Corbusier and later designed the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum during the 60s. Maekawa house was originally built in during the wartime regime. The interior was a very exquisite blending of Japanese construction and Western functional taste. Unbelievable that it was made during the wartime especially with the shortage of materials. You are commenting using your WordPress.


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