Chochikukyo: cultural property representing “Japanese Timber Country Modernism”
Akira Matsukuma

“Chochikukyo” (1928) is the fifth residence designed by and for the architect Koji Fujii (1888-1938). As a result of his research on environmental engineering at Kyoto University, “Chochikukyo” presents the ideal form of a universal “Japanese house” that suits the climate of Japan as well as the sensitivity and lifestyle of the Japanese people. In 1999, “Chochikukyo” was selected as one of the twenty best docomomo buildings to represent Japanese modernist architecture, and in 2017, it was designated as a National Important Cultural Property which was the first time for an architect’s own house built in the Showa period (1926-1989).

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern single-family houses, Modern living space, Architecture of happiness, Koji Fuji, Chochikukyo, Timber architecture, Japanese modern architecture.

Issue 64
Year 2021
Pages 10-17

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