20th Century Japan in 20 Buildings reviewed by The Arts Society

From the Koide House to the Hiroshima Peace Centre, John Barr considers Japan’s Modernist architectural legacy through the lens of its much broader building history. With beautiful photography that contrasts the gilt and adornment of shrines and pavilions with the hard-edged (and occasionally extremely playful) design of 20 modern works, Barr combines history and anecdote, as well as conveying the conceptual and physical realities of creating a spectacular, functional building.