“A house is a work of art” said Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006), one of the most influential figures in postwar Japanese and international modernism. Projects such as Kugayama House (1952-54) and Umbrella House (1959-61) combined rigorous geometry with traditional Japanese forms to create purist and poetic structures. With projects as House in White (1964–66), Shinohara reinvented established forms of the single-family dwelling. Born in Shizuoka, Shinohara studied and briefly taught mathematics but soon enrolled in Tokyo Institute of Technology’s architecture program. After graduation, in 1953, he joined the faculty and remained there until retirement, in 1986. Shinohara conducted his design work exclusively through the university laboratory rather than through a private atelier. This lifelong research-driven approach allowed him to focus singularly and exhaustively on theoretical concerns, including scrutinizing and reframing a series of fundamental architectural dualities: public and private, bigness and smallness, openness and enclosure, chaos and order.
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