Eclectic Techniques in a Space

Kakunodate Cherry-Bark Craft Center

A variety of different styles are combined in this building. They include a roof that resembles those of the surrounding samurai residences, columns and windows that exemplify the quasi-European style of the early Meiji era, a Western-style, wooden church framework, and a floor plan that surrounds a Mediterranean-style inner courtyard. Though the designer, Hiroshi Oe, and Kenzo Tange (both born in 1913) were leading figures in postwar Japanese modernism, Oe gradually rejected the movement. And in the 1960s, he used craftsmanship to pursue an architecture based on discovering a common thread between the elements from diverse areas and eras that intervened in a space.

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  • Kakunodate Cherry-Bark Craft Center

    Semboku, Akita Prefecture

    Hiroshi Oe

    1978

  • Kakunodate Cherry-Bark Craft Center

    Semboku, Akita Prefecture

    Hiroshi Oe

    1978